The power of now

First up – lets just make it clear that this isn’t a blog about the book ‘The Power Of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. I haven’t read that book (yet) and I’m not making any kind of comment on it.

But I’m sure Eckhart wouldnt mind sharing the title with me for a few minutes, I’ve every reason to think he’s a generous chap.

I’ve been thinking a lot about meditation, transformation, enlightenment, spiritual development and psychology. Nothing new there, I often think about these subjects, usually without much of importance to add to the sum of the worlds knowledge on them.

And this blog isnt the revelation of something totally new, just the reiteration of something we ought to know already.

Now is the best time.

Now is the right time.

Now is the God given opportunity.

There is no better time.

In the book of Romans, the Biblical writer Paul wrote about being transformed by the renewal of the mind, and thus finding yourself doing God’s will, rather than waiting to understand God’s will, then deciding whether or not you would carry it out.

Thomas Merton in a beautiful piece of writing from ‘Thoughts in Solitude’ talks about how having the desire to please God does in fact please God – and how acting out of that desire will mean that God will lead him whether he knows about it or not.

Renewal of the mind starts here and now. A desire to please God starts the second you choose it.

A decision to decide later is a decision to say no. It is not a decision to possibly say yes at a later date, its a deliberate choice of no.

The point is that now is the time for change. Now is the time for transformation. There is no better time. Now is powerful.

No matter what you believe or what you put your faith in, whether it’s in the power of deity, the power of humanity, the power of the spirit, the power of the universe, the power of nature, or the power of the mind, this is an important point to take on board.

Then, is gone.

When, may never arrive.

Now is here.

Choose now. Start here.

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3 thoughts on “The power of now

  1. You have no reason to read Eckhart Tolle’s book, as I believe you’ve summed up the main concept behind it more succinctly than he does. The past and the future only exist in our minds, as memories, or imaginings. Time is an illusion. The only time that is real is “now”.

    1. without getting into it too deeply, I think this is part of what you’ve been writing about recently. The thing is not to spend years wrangling to work out what you should do, but to choose instead to live now, because now is the only real time. Gospel messages are often present continuous, ‘be being’.

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