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The Power Of Now

This International best seller by Eckart Tolle was somewhat of a savior of mine. Shortly after my career ending injury, my 2 ½ year relationship also broke down and I had also rented out my house and needed to figure out short term accommodation as I was planning on moving abroad to start fresh. It was always a tendency of mine to over analyze situations, with fear of making wrong decisions which could adversely affect my future, while also dwelling on unfavorable past events.

Having now found myself losing my career, my relationship, and my home, these tendencies were exaggerated and kicked into overdrive, fearing whether the decisions I had made or the decisions I needed to make were the right ones.

That’s when a concerned friend gave me the book “The Power Of Now” to read immediately, despite only being halfway through it himself.

Power of Now

Put simply, this book started me on the right path to being able to focus on the present moment, and to quit over-analyzing or worrying about the past or the future. As Eckart Tolle points out, the future doesn’t exist and neither does the past, and therefore worrying about them denies you the ability to enjoy the only thing which is real…the present, or the NOW.

The practice of being present is crucial when attempting to “live life to the fullest”, which is one of the main pre-requisites of being a YOG.

Tolle continues to talk about how our own minds and in particular our ego can be extremely destructive. He points out that our mind is a tool which is necessary to complete certain tasks, then should be laid to rest. Instead, our mind commonly leaks vital energy beyond its purpose. He suggests we actually become slaves to our minds, and if we can eliminate the “noise” which is created in our minds, we can achieve an intelligence beyond this noise and awaken a focus on the aspects of life which really matter, ie. Beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace.

So if the voice in your head is constantly talking to you about the past, or making you worry about the future, you need to read the Power Of Now…right NOW!

 

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The Four Agreements

The best selling book by Don Miguel Ruiz is somewhat of a YOG bible for us. Ruiz basically gives four principles to practice in order to create love and happiness in our life.  Actually living by these agreements can be extremely challenging, but if practiced daily can be life changing.

The Four Agreements are:

1. Be impeccable with your word.

In other words, say what you mean and mean what you say. Never use your word against yourself or others (gossip).

2. Don’t take anything personally.

Try to remember that what others say and do has nothing to do with you, but rather a projection of their own reality. When you become immune to the opinions and actions of others, the needless suffering will cease.

The Four Agreements

3. Don’t make assumptions.

You’ll be surprised at how often we assume. Try to always communicate clearly with others to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. When in doubt,  ask questions in order to receive the facts.

4. Always do your best.

Obviously your best will change depending on your capabilities, such as when you are healthy versus sick. But if you always do your best, you will avoid judgement and abuse from the most important judge – YOU!

So if you haven’t already done so, BUY this book now and keep it handy for constant reference to either gain or maintain your YOGness.