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Parminder Parmar - associate professor of human development and family studies, Penn State Worthington Campus

Book Title: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Author: Echart Tolle

Book Description:

Different books have inspired me at different times in my life for various things. Recently, the book which has given me a different perspective is The Power of Now. This book has uncomplicated yet profound messages. It is not that I heard for the first time what Mr. Tolle is advocating or teaching in this book. Ever since my childhood I have heard many people, state millions of times, that only “your present” is important and present is what should be the focus of our existence. Our greatest Power is right Now in this moment. It does not lie ahead nor was it in our past. Yet, this book taught me a different viewpoint on everyday life. This is the book that has given me the understanding to apply it to my daily living. I've been more peaceful and happy. No matter what circumstances have come my way, I have tried to live one day at a time and it has helped me live a better life. It has certainly helped me get over disappointments and stress much easier. Now every little thing in life is truly amazing for what it is. It helped me let go of the feelings and emotions that hold us back. My daughter often jokes that I am turning into a “Buddha.” But, the truth is my life has vastly improved and especially during last few years when I was dealing with the death of my mother, my son being in Afghanistan for a year, and the demands of the job and the times during which we are living. The book Power of Now has opened my mind to new directions and embracing the reality as it is without asking “Why Me?” I truly appreciate more than ever before being alive and being a human.

The truth is that this book arrived in my life when I was both open and vulnerable to understand it and apply it.

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