I guess as I get more into the spiritual side of myself, I am having a little trouble with some of the Law of attraction material. It is focusing on a goal and trying to make the goal be NOW and experiencing it in the present so it will have to manifest.
Tolle says we should be in the now, which is not to think people, events, situations as good or bad. It just IS. (Like Buddhism teaches?) To me, focusing on a goal (usually a material thing like a new job or whatever) is not focusing on what is good about this moment right now. It is focusing one what we want which keeps us from fully living in the current moment and experiencing it.
I think some people have taken the LOA stuff as being meant to get us wealth or better jobs or good relationships but it all begins inside in this moment.
Maybe I'm not explaining it very well. Has anyone seen the Peaceful Warrior? I just saw it this past weekend and it is a great story about the power of now.
Thank you Joan. yes, it is as you say. The message from Mr. Tolle is exactly that in Buddhism.
And I think you are right about your assessment of the LOA that some people think it is an easy passageway to financial wealth and get rich quickly, because with riches you will be happy. I think either the message is not being given across very effectively, or people are looking for a quick fix (I think the term is) because they want it all, and they want it now. Of course, the authors of this book are reaping the rewards of a message which is ancient, but is couched in undersatndable easy attractive terms.
But if people think that this is all there is to Buddhism, they are mistaken.
Following a Buddhist path is a daily challenge to the Mind and the senses. Every day you have to watch, be in the moment, be mindful and skillful in your thoughts words and deeds, and be present at all times. It is not being Buddhist that counts. It is living
Buddhism that counts.
Then, you can start on the other stuff - !!
I will look up the other book you mention by Herr Tolle. Thank you for your interesting post.