Book Review: The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to AdvantageThe Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage by Ryan Holiday
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ryan’s book was the first proper introduction to Stoicism for me. I have to say I’m blown away by the concept of it.

Besides a healthy dose of Stoicism, Ryan also serves a great deal of historical and modern a day anecdotes that builds up toward one of the greatest Stoic mantra: The Obstacle is The Way

Ryan’s research and observation is commendable. And for me, as a writer, quite inspiring as well.

He brings in years of knowledge he gained by reading a whole lot of books. And turns them into lessons for his readers regarding how Perception Is Everything, and how Every Obstacle Is An Opportunity In Disguise.

This is a revolutionary book for me. One of those that will be a part of me forever and one that I’ll be returning to time and again.

Thank you Ryan Holiday for giving such a fresh perspective on things, and being an inspiration.

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Book Review: A New Earth (Non-fiction)

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

 

 

 

 

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you read a book such as A New Earth, there can only be two things happening to you: You either like the book (and it therefore changes you forever)… Or, you realize that you are not yet ready for this.

Thankfully, the former happened to me.

From the man himself!

From the man himself!

Eckhart Tolle’s vision of a new Earth is one where human consciousness has finally defeated its longtime enemy — the Ego. In the book, he explains at length about different kinds of Ego, its formation and, ultimately, its dissolution. He speaks further about the ceaseless human habit of thinking and not “being”. It means we tend to always live in the past or the future (things that are real only in our mind), rather than being conscious of the present and whatever life throws at us “Now”.

Tolle answers us all these questions that we (at least I) didn’t even knew to ask.

But why? Why does that happen? Why does Ego prevent us from enjoying the present moment? Tolle answers us all these questions that we (at least I) didn’t even knew to ask. He also explains about the Inner purpose and Outer purpose of human beings — linking all these back to Ego. He, then, shows us how the Ego prevents us from seeing the true Inner Purpose of spiritual awakening (no he’s not asking you to become a Sage!) and keeps us over-focused on the Outer Purpose of extrinsic “fulfillment”.

Eckhart Tolle

As I said earlier, this book is not for everyone. Even I am yet to fully understand the true depths of Tolle’s every words. And it will be a while before I do it. But it, at least, taught me the meaning of being Conscious. Although, I won’t immediately master my Ego (or emotions and desires and sufferings) after finishing this book, I can now, at least, be aware of the things that come into play when these emotions take hold of me. I would know what exactly happened when I felt like screaming at someone, saying something bad, dwelling on the past, or even feeling frustrated…

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Eventually, someday, I hope I will find the Consciousness that Tolle speaks of. Until then, I shall be coming back to this book again and again and will keep taking the wisdom from it.

I recommend this book to everyone. Even if you don’t agree to it… just keep an open mind and finish it. One day… some day, this will come to you in a enlightening wave of consciousness.

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