A recent comment by fellow blogger Looking For Buddha Again made me reflect that being abandoned by our spouses seems to have knocked us off-center, and left us going through life all wonky in the way of human Pisa tours.
In fact, I have this mental image of the many members of the My-Spouse-Left-Me club (very exclusive membership I’ll have you know) going around eyes to the ground, looking for Buddha, themselves, God, or the meaning of life, in the way people look for mushrooms in the woods.
Whatever you want to call it, we all seem to aspire to balance, happiness and a sense of self-worth that the trauma of being rejected robbed us of. Sensing my quest, some friends loaned or suggested a variety of self-help books (others offered to get me drunk as a skunk).
I have to confess to being a self-help virgin, and discovered with fascination this industry feeding on the needs of people just like me. There are so many methods, theories, 10 steps to a better you/life/happiness/success/chocolate cake on the market that logically, only illiterates should be plagued by crap lives, unhappiness, or poor cooking skills.
Having heard many people rave about The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle, I avidly started reading, hoping that by the end, I too, would be able to save on electricity thanks to the glow of my newfound Being in the Now. Unfortunately, by the end of the preface, all I could think was “This guy does not take himself for the square root of his logarithm”*.
By the end of the first chapter, I was scratching my head and going back over the same paragraph three times. And by the end of the third chapter, I despaired of ever being enlightened and resorted to Caïpirinas. It probably comes from being a soulless Philistine, but I just do not get it.
Worse, anything assuring me that “This state of auto-connectedness also raises the vibrational frequency of the energy field that gives life to the physical body” sounds like utter woo to my deeply suspicious mind. As an aside, one of my favourite blogs is the totally nerdy woo debunking Bad Science.
Anyway, has anyone out there read and understood The Power of Now? And if so, would you be able to explain it to my dim wit?
Have any other books (self-help or otherwise) helped you get through the rough patches?
*Roughly translates as “this guy is totally up himself”.