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Book: A New Earth

A New Earth
by Eckhart Tolle

Well, after reading The Secret (after reading The Power of Now), it’s nice to come back to something more spiritually based once again.

The things that Tolle talks about are hard to explain, which is why I recommend you read this book because he just explains it so well. It’s best to get the most out of it, directly from his very own words!

He focuses on your ‘ego’ and how it affects you and your life (mostly in negative ways in our modern society). He teaches us not to identify yourself with your physical appearance/form (as most media-driven society has become way too focused upon, creating disastrous results, especially with younger people), not to identify yourself with your possessions and status. To take control of all that ‘wanting’ that is never satisfied.

Interestingly enough, The Secret and this book do share similar ideas. One in particular was the ‘war against’ statements. The war against drugs, crime, terrorism, cancer and such has actually increased the number of these ‘problems’. The Secret states that by thinking about negative things, you attract negative or ‘like’ energy, making the situation worse. In A New Earth, the author mentions that by making something an ‘enemy’ to fight against, strengthens that ‘enemy’.

Throughout this book, you finish a chapter or section and end up saying “ah~” or “I see, I see.” with a nod, as if you have become enlightened in some way by a new way of thinking. I am not sure if reading his first book, The Power of Now would be a necessary prerequisite to this book. For me, I found The Power of Now as if a monk had slapped me several times, and have shown me this and that about the world, pulling my hand as I was dazed with the new perspective. A New Earth was as if I had become the monk’s disciple, and I was studying the spiritual teachings along beside him. Many other reviews had mentioned that reading the first one is a good idea. However, I’m sure you’d still be able to enjoy this book without having to read The Power of Now.

I did find that Tolle tends to repeat the same things over and over, but perhaps that is to help get the message across. So that if you are reading the book over several weeks, you’d be reviewing some of the parts over so that you remember the ideas well, even after you are done reading the book.

This book has allowed me to find peace through the difficult times, and  has given me the strength, to find joy, love, and hope. I hope it will do the same for you.

Happy Reading :)

The Power of the Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

The Power of the Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhard Tolle

It’s a great read. It’s an easy read, but the concept is hard to grasp at times. I recommend for everyone to read this book, in hopes that people will be a lot happier, friendlier and at peace with themselves and each other. This doesn’t mean that Tolle talks of meditating about happy places and fuzzy-furry animals. No, he writes with force and straight forwardness, to the point that some people may find it a bit offensive or a turn-off. He realizes this, but I think he wants to persuade his audience of his teaching.

When I first read on the back that the author of this book, Eckhard Tolle is a spiritual teacher, I thought it would be a book talking about ‘God’ and religion. I’m not a religious person, so wondered if I would be able to get through the book. However, Tolle is not aligned with any particular religion. He does reference different religions to give examples, but that’s about it. I found myself being sucked into the book.

How many of us are constantly ‘thinking’ about something? The voice saying oh I got to do that, do this, go there, should buy that, and on and on. I remember when I was swamped with so many things, under a lot of pressure and stress that I felt like my mind was going to physically explode.  It was hard to meditate with a ‘quiet’ mind since I’d find my mind wandering off to ‘think’ of something.

After reading only a couple of chapters, I started to focus on the Now (you will have to actually read the book on how and how much difference it’ll make your lives).

As brought up in another book Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice , don’t rely on external things to bring you happiness. This means, materials, your status (career, position, recognition, etc), relying soley on your partner/family/friends. It all starts with you. The Being as he refers to it.

It’s a great book for anyone with anxiety (helps dealing with anticipatory anxiety – thinking of catastrophic outcomes) because it allows you to focus on the present, or for anyone wanting to free their minds. Will help with meditation which can be hard to do at the beginning since we’re so accustomed to always be thinking. It has had a great impact on how I see the world and live my life. I read it at a time when my health was poor and the future seemed uncertain. It has enlightened me, and I thank Tolle for it.

On another note, I know it doesn’t matter where the author lives, but guess what. He lives right here in Vancouver, BC.

Happy reading :)

Yoga @ Unihealth in Downtown – CLOSED

I started going to this small health centre early spring last year. It was close by, and it was really cheap. It’s hard to rate this, as things have changed since back then.

Unihealth® Group provides the public with very affordable, alternative to deal with health issues without the use of surgery or drugs to healing. Their healing philosophy is derived from a mix of Eastern tradition and Western influence. So yoga isn’t their main focus. It’s just one of the many services they offer.

An year ago, the downtown Vancouver location (they have several locations throughout the Lower Mainland) hosted two or three yoga classes everyday (10-15 classes/week). Now, it has dwindled down to 5 classes in total over a week (7 days). I can not make to 2 of them since they are right after 5pm, and I can not there from work that quickly…which leaves me only 3 classes to choose from.

You must wonder why I still go to it then. That’s because this summer, DealFind had a really good deal: only $99 for a year membership. It meant unlimited yoga for one full year! (they are like $60-70 per month unlimited, or $15 for drop-in)

The yoga room is small, only room for about 10 people. 8 would be ideal. Because space is limited, either book your next class when you are there, or phone in early to book a spot. The instructors are really good, and very helpful. Again, the small class size means that the instructors are able to help individuals with their specific issues they may face during class.

I am hoping they will not completely cut all yoga classes. I’ve very much enjoyed their classes, much better than some of the other big places. I will not likely be renewing my membership, but I still have many months to go until then. Afterward, I’ll likely do drop-ins since I don’t have that much time anyways. Check online at their schedule for when classes are offered near you.

I’ve read on Yelp that a lot of others bought the same voucher, and were very unhappy…so not sure if I can recommend this place anymore. I do agree with the receptionist having an attitude at times.


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Updated review: March 05, 2013
Well, I haven’t gone back much. Since buying the membership I mentioned, I’ve only gone to 4 classes. What a shame. The last time I tried booking, I called, and the main receptionist picked up. It was like 10 past 5pm on a weekday. I wanted to book for that evening’s 6:30pm class. She told me to call and leave a voice message and hung up. She said it in a such a rude way I was totally turned off. If she’s there, why can’t she just simply write me down on the schedule? Is it that hard? And her rudeness has been noted by others that I talked to. Now I am really reluctant to go there again…and my membership is expiring soon. What a shame…


(ratings are out of 5 carrots)

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