The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle
New World Library, 250 pp
Publication Date: October 1999
The subtitle of this book is "A Guide To Spiritual
Enlightenment." You might wonder how a spiritual book is relevant to coaching. From my perspective, one of the most valuable things we have to offer as coaches is our
presence. But what is presence? How does one actually "be present" when speaking with another person? These questions and many more are answered in this insightful
and profound book by Eckhart Tolle.
Presence occurs when we are in this moment, "the now."
We can be present when we stop the addictive thinking that takes us into the past or the future. When we are in the now, we have the opportunity to experience a state
of being that includes joy, peace and love. This book is about how to make the shift away from living most of your life in the past or future, to living most of your life in
the present, now moment. Eckhart is very specific about how you can do this.
The Power of Now makes some useful distinctions for
coaches. One is the distinction between your life (the present) and your life situation (the problems of your past and future). Seeing this distinction can help coaches
support their coaching partners in dealing with, accepting or leaving a situation alone. Such discernment is part of the path to wisdom.
The book is structured in a Question and Response format
which means that if you don't have a lot of time, you can easily read a small section of one or two questions. There is a lot to digest in these pages, which makes it
one of those wonderful books that you can read more than once. Eckhart writes from a broad spiritual perspective including references to the Christian, and Buddhist faiths.
If we can be more present, if we can help others be more
present, we can change the world. This book will support you in that effort.
Do you spend most of your time in the past, the present, or the future?
When are you most able to be present to the now moment?
What is different for you when you are present, versus when you are in the past or the future?