The only truth is now; the only moment to be is in the present, for that’s when life happens. But more often than not we let the present and in effect life slip away, allowing time and memories of yore to rush into our lives unrestrained, squandering away the precious seconds of our lives as we alternate between worrying about our future and ruminating about the past. This is mostly because we don’t undertake our thoughts actively or in complete awareness, rather we let our thoughts control us. But we need to be in control of our thoughts, live in the moment and thus become more mindful. Because when you become mindful, you will realize that you are not your thoughts, you simply become an observer of your thoughts without judging them.
Now while everyone is in agreement that it’s important to live in the moment, not knowing how to is the problem everyone faces.
In author Hunter Kane Sparrow’s book, ‘The Space Within’, the author tries to help you reveal what is already within you. Because when you connect with your inner being it urges you to create a keener awareness towards every aspect of your life. There is a lot of unconscious thought and behaviour pattern we all have become slaves to, which have often caused pain and suffering to us by unnecessarily tying us down to our pasts or make us worry about our future, all the while ignoring our present; which truly is a gift. The Space Within encourages you to awaken yourselves to this great power inside you, to rediscover our strengths and observe the power of everyday moments while you are fully and truly conscious through every second of it.
The author covers a wide array of topics including notes on life, love, God, fear of future among others such as how the young always stress upon a point in the future, an image of themselves they like to see and the old always stresses upon the past, an image of themselves at which they think they were at their most desirable state. Hunter says that men have a false identity to a faith or a belief system in the hope that this will take care of their future. Instead he advices us to be more child like, to find wonder and excitement in newer experiences. The Space Within also points to stop trying to improve life through external and material elements, because such efforts by men to bring more happiness into his life in fact seem to do the opposite and brings more unhappiness. A running theme in the book is that you should never get caught up within the confines of your description made by others; you always have time, open your eyes and embrace the present moment and stop putting too much emphasis on the future.
The Space Within has a good balance of western and eastern thought process and philosophy in its writing. Short and concise chapters without over reaching or under telling, the narrative flows smoothly, hitting all the right notes of the profound and deeply insightful messages that are being shared. Hunter Kane Sparrow has a honest and non assuming tone, he doesn’t claim this book to contain all the ‘answers’, all solutions to your problems or that it will help you find your real self. It’s intended to be used more as a mirror that will help reflect the finer point within, the qualities you may have missed all along.
I suggest you not to read this book cover to cover in one sitting. Instead keep it by your bed stand and read a page or two before going to bed or better yet, read it early in the morning as your day starts. It will help make your mind uncluttered and guarantee a good day. It is recommended for people of all ages, the young and the old who are still trying to figure ‘it’ all out. Sometimes philosophy is esoteric, but this book succeeds in explaining it with lots of examples, allegorical stories and proverbs. The Space Within is a non-intimidating book, yet highly informative that encourages critical thinking based on thoughts and ideas from the best in the world.
I cannot recommend this book enough.
- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492348740
- ISBN-13: 978-1492348740