Today I am excited to share one of the books that I have been reading. I believe more than anything that reading is the most important part of growing as an individual and being in touch with what is happening in the world.
When I picked up this book- I knew that its content would be inspirational for both myself and for you guys.
Sometimes we have to disable our busy lives and curl up with a good book and in that moment- live! It is in those moments that we find great relief and understanding of ourselves and purpose of everything around us.
"Neurosis is not usually defined as a fear of life, but that is what it is. The neurotic person is afraid to open his heart to love, afraid to reach out or strike out, afraid to be fully himself. Opening one's heart to love makes one vulnerable to being hurt; reaching out, to being rejected; striking out, to being destroyed. But there is another dimension to this problem. More life or feeling than one is accustomed to is frightening to the person because it threatens to overwhelm his ego, flood his boundaries, and undermine his identity. Being more alive and having more feeling is scary. I worked with a young man whose body was very unalive. It was tight and contracted, his eyes were dull, his skin color sallow, his breathing shallow. By breathing deeply and doing some of the therapeutic exercises, his body became more alive. His eyes brightened, his color improved, he felt tingling sensations in parts of his body, and his legs began to vibrate. But then, he said to me, "Man, this is too much life. I can't stand it." I believe that to some degree we are all in the same situation as this young man. We want to be more alive and feel more, but we are afraid of it. Our fear of life is seen in the way we keep busy so as not to feel”- Chapter 1, Page 1 “Fear of Life” by Alexander Lowen.
I always speak of the prevalence of an awareness of self and also a forgiveness of self. If you fail at something, you have to fail fast. Do not ever dwell on failure. Move on and learn and grow from it.
I believe that this book is a great reminder of the strength that we prevent from shining through when we doubt ourselves and deny our greatness.
“A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over 30 years. One day a stranger walked by.
"Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar, holding out his old baseball cap.
"I have nothing to give you," said the stranger. Then he asked: "What's that you are sitting on?"
"Nothing," replied the beggar. "Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember."
"Ever looked inside?" asked the stranger.
"No," said the beggar. "What's the point? There's nothing in there."
"Have a look inside," insisted the stranger.
The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.
I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box,but somewhere even closer: inside yourself.
"But I am not a beggar," I can hear you say. Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within- infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”- Chapter 1, Page 13 “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.
It is a fact that we deny ourselves the chance to live the lives that we deserve when we start being governed by fear. When we stop trying new things and when we base our joy on what others think about us- we lose ourselves in the process.
A leader takes control of their surroundings and makes the most out of them. Success is a series of consistent efforts and decisions that contribute positively to the end goal.
When you read this book, you will understand that the Power of Now is greater than anything!