If someone offered you a pair of glasses that changed your view of the world when you put them on, would you wear them?
That's exactly how I am feeling about A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle. I feel like he is giving me new lenses to see the world through. Not like my old way of seeing the world was wrong, but I felt a little nudge within me to discover things a bit deeper in my life. Of course the book kept coming up in conversation and I thought, I may as well give it a read. Honestly, I had nothing to lose.
Turns out just in the first four chapters, I have started to discover what I have to gain. Reading this book, grounded me in the reality that life is a journey. My path is always changing and I can help steer it's course. I can learn to let go of notions and feelings that held their grip so tightly on me it affected my sleep, or my mood, or how I mother my girls, or how I love my husband, or how I nurture my friendships.
Right now, I am embracing the opportunity to examine the negativity in my life, chronic complaining, and how to let things go. Working on my perspective, my attitude and seeing where the change leads me. Keeping track of my distractions and are they really fulfilling the emptiness I am feeling or creating more wanting?!
I firmly believe opportunities for growth can happen in your life when the timing is just right, even if you didn't know it was the right time.
Last month, after picking up the book for a steal at Costco (and no bananas, may I add), I sat down and gave the book a quick glance. I decided I would see if I could gather a group of women to read the book with me. Oprah has fabulous resources with workbooks and Podcasts, so the work for the group was essentially done. I just needed to find a time, place, and those that were interested.
Much of the content of the book touches upon topics which can have such different meanings to the individuals gathered reading the book as a group. We all seem to open up in our way, learn things about ourselves as we are learning about one another. My hope it to have my hubby read the book. I know I will be re-reading the book, many times over. Book club will continue over the next month or so, as we are taking it slow.
Maybe you'll notice a new spring in my words, for Tolle's words are speaking to me loud and clearly.