“Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

By | December 31, 2016

Happy new years. 2017. We all hang some mystique on this time of the year. Easy to think, “Out with the old and in with the new”.  After all, we all look forward to the change in our lives and the hope of a new start.  That’s not inherently bad, but certainly a bit artificial.

Every day has some value, right?

Eckhart Tolle is an author and thinker who writes a lot about being present, not over-thinking. He argues that we over-think and spend too much of our lives regretting the past, and worrying about the future. Sound familiar? Busy-ness does not equal happiness. This is what I am reading now Power of Now (affiliate link).

Some of his stuff is very new-age-y and I don’t agree with it all. That said, if you open you mind a bit and really absorb what he is saying, it’s mind-blowing. A few quotes:

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.

Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.

Your entire life only happens in this moment. The present moment is life itself. Yet, people live as if the opposite were true and treat the present moment as a stepping stone to the next moment – a means to an end.

Best wishes for a great 2017. Best wishes for a great day, every day.

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6 thoughts on ““Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

  1. Francisco

    Thanks for the notes published here, I always recomend for my friends at university.

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  2. vidaconsultoriablog

    I understand how important “NOW” is, but how many people you really know that are happy and enjoy life living only the present? Most people that I know that focus only the present are very frustrated these days.

    In the other hand, I’m a very anxious person, afraid and frustrated with my life planning (consultant dilemma maybe). That’s because I get sometime over-thinking about the future too.
    We should never get out of balance in life. We shouldn’t minimize or overate Past, Present and Future, we need to balance it all together.

    My theory is that we should live our life as a project, you need a PLAN , a PLAN B, u need to review your plan, sometimes look at the past to understand and of course, make it happen and make it done.

    Happiness is complicated. But who cares, I’m not a best seller! (laughs)

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    1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

      That all makes sense. Consulting skills, network, attitude gives you strategic flexibility which I like. Financially, need to be future focused (save, invest). I would say emotionally and relationally, focused on now.

      The big one for me. Being grateful.

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