As we begin the new year, we all have things we want to accomplish whether it is loosing weight, reading more books, or getting out of debt, we all have goals we wish to achieve in the new year. But with all the hassle and bustle of life, it is important that we take time for ourselves and gain a better understanding of our lives. I, for one, tend to occupy my time with as much stuff as I can possibly handle. I love being busy, and often find that my life gets too busy for me to keep up. One of my goals for 2016 is to not be as busy and allow myself to have downtime to do what I want to to. So when Wunderkind PR asked me to review The Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in Distracted World by Achim Nowak, I took the opportunity to learn how to live in the moments of my life and appreciate the “downtime”.
Live in the moment. What if we could experience each moment more deeply as it unfolds, make it last longer, make it more memorable? We could have a more momentum life – a more richly lived, fully experience life. While it may seem daunting to live fully in the moment in our fast-paced, distracted world, it is possible with The Moment. This disarmingly practical, no-nonsense guide introduces Four Keys that will instantly elevate your experience of any moment: Experience the world with all your senses, learn to find meaning as a moment unfolds, discover ways of receiving and wave-riding energy, and make time stand still and experience flow. – The Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in a Distracted World
The Moment is a short read of 192 pages but do not be mistaken by the short stature of this book, there is a lot to read and comprehend. There is so much to take away from this book, and I am trying to apply what I have learned to my day to day. As someone who doesn’t read self help books that often, I found this book actually one that is plausible and can be used in my every day life. There were practices that I can use every day life that can help me focus on “the moment” of a conversation or an event in my life. However, this book has a very odd layout. There were personal stories mixed with guidelines, but instead of the personal stories being at the end of each “chapter” they were sandwiched with the rest of the content. It was content then story then content then story. It was something I have never seen before, so getting past the new layout was a interesting concept for me. There were chapters that I wish were longer and went more in-depth in their discussion and practice, and there were other chapters that I didn’t feel were necessarily needed to the book. They added a little personality but didn’t make sense to the general theme of Achim’s novel. I wanted there to be more information in the “Being Still” Chapter and less about the random stories laced in each chapter. As someone who struggles with keeping still in a sense, I wanted to read more about it and wanted Achim to go further into that section of the look. This is based on my own struggles, but this book had themes and motivation insights to help everyone with something they struggle with.
Achim’s writing style is straightforward, honest, and easy to follow. He has the ability to make his writing relatable to his audience in a way that welcomes the person into his world of appreciating the moment. I have feeling that his knowledge of the four key concepts is vast and deep but this book seems like he is selling himself short. I know authors struggle with keeping their audience captivated, but I think maybe The MomentI was too short of a novel. I wanted certain points and chapters to be longer and from what I have read, Achim had the ability to write more about certain topics. I hope that he writes another book and makes it a little longer, with smaller font, and actually shares all his knowledge and passion for allowing to experience life instead of just allowing it to pass by us.
We live in a very face paced world, where the information for everything is in the palm of our hands (literally), but it is important that we occasionally stop to smell the roses, in a sense. Achim Nowak’s book is a great first step if you are looking for a book that will help to put you on the right path for 2016. If you feel yourself getting caught up in the rush, then The MonentI is an important tool to help you gain back time and your sanity. I have learned so much from this little novel that I think I can better manage my busy life because the wisdom that Achim has shared with me. I hope you give this book a try, and allow yourself to gain control and view the joy that life has to offer.
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