In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle teaches of the importance of becoming present in the current moment. True presence, however, is more than just becoming aware of the things that are going on in your life, or becoming more mindful of your current experience.
In order to truly become present in the moment, you must develop a profound attitude of acceptance and surrender to the flow of life.
Presence and Non-Resistance
Presence requires you to become non-resistant. This means that you must allow whatever is happening in the current moment to pass without judgment. This attitude is the essence of surrendering the ego-mind’s wants and beliefs to the greater flow of life and energy in the universe.
Think about it: when you resist something that is happening in your Now-moment, your resistance arises from deeply rooted beliefs and judgments about what should or should not occur. To resist is to judge. When you judge, you are operating from the ego-mind.
Not only that, but Tolle teaches that when you resist the current moment, you prevent yourself from truly experiencing it. When the mind is filled with judgment, you cannot fully appreciate the beauty that is already before you.
Thus, in order to develop presence in your life, you must learn acceptance, and acceptance will eventually yield to surrender. This is the only way to avoid getting lost in suffering, and to release the ego’s attachment to past negativity and beliefs,
When you reach this state, you will experience feelings of profound peace and bliss. It is not difficult to do, you simply have to continue to remind yourself to return to the present moment.
If you keep returning to the fullness of the Eternal Now, you will gradually release your resistance and learn to surrender.
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