The Power of Now on Vacation

As I settled into our vacation home and unpacked my bags, I discovered Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” left out on the bedside table by the owners. Memories flooded back of my dad and his well-worn copy of Tolle’s earlier work, “The Power of Now.” I recalled him reading and reflecting on those pages during our family vacations. He had a paperback version of the book in his briefcase, a hardback version on his shelf, and the Audible version on his iPad.

A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose

One quote from “The Power of Now” that he often revisited was: “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” My dad tried his damst to live by these words. This is my first trip since he passed away. He used to love a video call and the shared photo album so he could share in the experiences even if he couldn’t get around himself.

This trip stirs a mixture of emotions, blending excitement with a pang of guilt. While my dad’s teachings continue to inspire me, his absence feels profound. The discovery of Tolle’s “A New Earth” feels like more than mere coincidence; it’s as though it’s a sign, a connection to those treasured memories with my dad, a way to honor his spirit.

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”

Eckhart Tolle from A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose

This vacation isn’t just a break from the daily grind but an opportunity to reflect on the lessons my dad instilled in me, especially those about living fully in the present moment. Despite the guilt I feel about this trip, I recognize that embracing the present may be the most fitting tribute to his memory.

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