The Power of Now is amongst the most important books I've read. I read it in February 2017, slightly after I started meditation, and it was a game-changer for me.
I've discussed with many people telling me they experienced the same, especially for high-achievers.
Here are a few things I took away from this book:
- I overthink. I often play in my head moments of the past, or anticipate future moments. This can lead to sadness and frustration (past) or anxiety (future). While there can be good reasons to get prepared for a future event, I'm referring to playing these scenes over and over in my head unconsciously, which would serve no purpose. Being in the present led me to be happier and actually more performant, avoiding those useless thoughts. It made me think of Seneca's advice against irrational fears.
- As a high-achiever, I'm always pursuing milestones. While it's good to be ambitious, it taught me that I should be happy right now and not think reaching a future milestone will bring me happiness, because it is a never-ending story. After every milestone reached, you look for the next thing.
I have offered this book to most of the people I love around me and got great feedback. Trust me, it will change your life!