Present Time as the Only Time

Standing at JFK airport with a few hours left before boarding, I browsed the newsstand for a good read. Eckhardt Tolle’s A New Earth
stood out right away. Although I had read The Power of Now years ago, I a-new-earthhad felt no urge to read his second book. That is, until I was faced with eight hours of nothingness and a curious mind to fill.

So I purchased the book and set out to read a few pages. But I couldn’t put it down. Through my still jet-lagged, bleary post-New York eyes, I pressed forward as I read about what I have been going through for years now.

It is always gratifying to get confirmation in print what you’ve known all along. Transformation, in whatever form, takes a great deal of energy and awareness. Eckhardt talks about how we carry around our past, and even our future, without acknowledging the present moment. As he states, Presence is all we have. Past is gone. Future is not yet here.

The Power of Slow addresses many of these same issues. I kept nodding my head in agreement as I turned page after page of his work. It felt as though his mind had melded with mine even though we have never met and I had not read his book until now.

It is encouraging to know we are not alone in this journey. We are truly all One, interconnected through the choices we make. Remember the movie Sliding Doors? It shows what would happen if Gwyneth Paltrow’s character had made that train or not. In the one scenario, when she makes the earlier train, she catches her boyfriend in bed with another. In the second, she is none the wiser and her life takes a different path. All the same Truth dances behind the scenes. In one case, it is revealed. In the other, it is not (until later).

Imagine if you chose to live in Present Time. How might your life change for the better?


  1. HyperActiveX

    May 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Recently, I’ve been trying to learn the art of, for want of a better way of putting it: ‘taking an hour over a minute’. Of course, this won’t work at work (not until the transformation is global and everyone does the same – if ever such a time comes), so I am practising it in non-urgent / non-mission-critical areas, and there’s so much more juice I am getting out of life.

    Apropos Eckhart Tolle … if his second book is really better than the first, it would be a good thing. Here’s my rather casual review of his first book –

    1. powerofslow


      May 2, 2009 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Hemant! I appreciate your point of view very much.

    1. powerofslow


      July 11, 2009 at 6:44 am

      Thanks for this! I agree we all need to take inventory of our lives, and that includes our spiritual ones. I appreciate your thoughts and please visit often!

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