Im 3/4 through the book ''The Power of Now''. I really like it a lot, even tho it can be a little confusing. It gave me a sense of clarity and I had one of the deepest meditating sessions after reading about the present moment and etc. But it also gave me a sense of confusion and disagreeness, together with clarity and agreeness. Im so confused I cant make it 100% clear what im confused about. He teaches that one doesnt need anything to be happy, but the mind thinks that after getting something or losing something, he/she will be happy, when infact, it wont, its just temporary joy, because the present moment is all there is, and thats where happiness is. -I partially agree with this. Yes, the past and future are illusiory, the present moment is the only thing that will ever be, but what about focusing on your past to learn from your mistakes and improve? What about planning the future? I WANT to become succesful in what I want to do. For example, in the future I want to start a business, I want to improve in the sports I do, and all those needs. Isnt that normal? When one is in the NOW and everything is perfect, what success will that bring him/her in the future? Where has all the desires to become a great football player, business man, martial artist, skater or whatever, gone? I personally think one should use the present moment (and always be present) to make improvements for the present moment coming up in the future. Im not sure what he mentioned about purpose, but from what i remember (i might be wrong) is that he denies Robin Sharma's saying-''A purpose of life is a life with purpose''. Yes, a person who trully has the desire to be an artist, should strive towards perfection in art. I think Tolle mentions when you be, thats your purpose. Here are my view on life, currently: One should always be present, but also recall the past without judging it, to improve the mistakes hes made and learn lessons from it. One should look into the future to find out whats best for him, and strive towards perfection. Being in the moment and being happy throughout life time will not make you successful. One should be in the moment and be happy, and use this to lead him or her towards what he or she wants to be. Letting go of all needs will make you happy because you have nothing to look forward to, and you have nothing to lose. And I dont find that quite satisfying. As you see, im very confused that I couldnt even write down what im confused about properly. I hope you guys get what i mean haha. If you do, please reply to this and make it clear to me. Also, mention if ive mistaken Tolles teachings.