By becoming aware of what else is showing up in life in this moment besides thoughts, you can begin to really live in this moment and respond to it naturally, uncluttered by your mental commentary and the ego’s desires. You are in the moment but without the ego’s influence on it. Spiritual freedom, or liberation, is when the voice of the ego no longer dominates and colors the landscape of life. Rather, it is one small aspect of this landscape—one other thing that comes and goes within this landscape. This new way of being is the result of embracing the Now. This book by that name is a collection of essays, which can serve as daily reminders that point the way to this new way of being.
From Embracing the Now:
”The alternative to rejecting something about the moment, which is what the ego does, is finding something to love about it. There is always something to love in every moment. Can you find a sensation, something of beauty, or a sound that is loveable? Is peace here, even just a sliver? Is love? Is contentment? Is the universe holding together? Being happy and not being happy is largely a matter of what you focus on. When you find yourself struggling against life, stop and notice what is beautiful and loveable right now. And don’t just stop with one thing; find another and another. Your life can be lived from a place of celebration and gratitude rather than from a place of rejection. It is your choice.”
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“Life changing. There is immense wisdom coming from this piece of work. Between the lines are links to helping us become more aligned with what we truly are as opposed to spinning around lost in mental noise. Teachings such as this help lead the Soul home to its utmost desire of peace and contentment.” –I. Toner
“Embracing the Now is startlingly clear. On the mainstream nondual spirituality front, Gina Lake is a contender for top author/top teacher honors, along with Eckhart Tolle. Both she and this book have what it takes.” –Jerry Katz, author of One
“I just love Embracing the Now! The depth of Gina's understanding of awakening is second to none, yet she is able to share her material with breathtaking clarity. A subtitle for this book could be, ‘Tolle Made Easy!’ There are so many nuggets on every page that my copy is one big rainbow of highlight marks!” –Michael Jeffreys, spiritual teacher
“Gina Lake's book Embracing the Now is a completely comprehensive guide to waking up out of ego identification and learning to live as Essence in the world. It is consistently luminous, remarkably clear, and deeply wise in every single sentence from start to finish. This book is a marvel.” –V. Ritchie
“Embrace this book! Embracing the Now, is not to be missed. Once again, Gina Lake displays her gift of being able to point directly to the Truth in an extremely readable and accessible way. This collection of essays presents a powerful worldview that shines with clarity for both the mind and the Heart. Highly recommended.”—Chuck Hillig, spiritual teacher
“Great teachers like Eckhart Tolle are rare, and they speak of living in the NOW. Gina, who is in that class of great teachers, shows us how to live one's life from that state. This is a wonderful book to be treasured and re-read throughout one's life. There is great wisdom and comfort in its pages, and there is much to be gained by studying it as a manual for living a more enlightened life.”—J. Bronson
“While reading the book, my breathing slowed and my mind quieted, as if an energy was actually being transmitted somehow through the words on the page. Written clearly and simply, this book is packed with powerful pointers to Truth, which only resides in this moment. If you enjoyed Eckhart Tolle's books, you will draw sustenance from this as well.”—C. Murphy
“Just when I thought I had looked in every corner, this book comes along and brilliantly shows me all the little dusty corners of my Ego, still holding on, and also points me to freedom from that bondage!” –Lisa L.
“This book gives us the permission we really need to let go of all the doing and thinking and just be happy and at peace right now. It is filled with many simple and straightforward pointers to help us focus on the presence of Essence and let go of the suffering of the ego.” –Janet M.
“If you like Byron Katie or Eckhart Tolle, don't miss this extraordinary book by Gina Lake. It really tells you how to lead an awakened life, continuing where those wonderful authors leave off. It gives the hopeful message that we can stop suffering once and for all and tells us that not only is it possible, but that's what we're all here to do. I’m blown away by Embracing the Now.” –Laura P.
“I was more deeply affected by this book than I expected. Many times while reading, I had to just stop for a few minutes and let the truth of her words envelop me. However you want to put it: doorways of conscious opening, limiting beliefs being eliminated, old hurts being cast off, feeling profoundly in the flow of life, awareness of Presence.” –L. Lawrence
“One of the clearest and most practical books on becoming more aware and conscious of the distinction between whether the thoughts we notice ourselves thinking are from our ego or from our SELF or ESSENCE. This beautifully and clearly adds to the work of Eckhart Tolle.” –Bronx Docx
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