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Books can be life-changing. They can be a form of escapism that give a unique perspective into lives, times, places and ideas we will never experience ourselves. Or, a way of learning new ways of thinking, being and approaching the world. With all this time now spare, what are the key texts we should be reading?

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Alone? Self-acceptance has never felt more important.
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The Power of Now

Eckhart Toll's guide to living in the moment shares many characteristics with practising mindfulness - or shedding anxieties to embrace the present.
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The Argument

You should read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle while self-isolating from the coronavirus because it gives practical application for how to manage your mental health. This is incredibly relevant because mental health concerns have grown as a result of the coronavirus[1]. The Power of Now discusses tactics to help you take control of your mental health and thinking. Therefore, it could help ease some of the frustrations and anxieties that you may have due to the pandemic. This book is important to read because it provides a source of spiritual guidance during the pandemic. As the coronavirus has forced people into self-isolation, many are suffering both mentally and spiritually. People are in need of joy and comfort in times of uncertainty. The Power of Now discusses ways in which people can improve their spiritual well being [2]. The Power of Now teaches important principles of living in the moment. It guides the reader to a mindful transformation that leads to a more enlightened mindset. This mindset can be applied to the anxieties and uncertainties surrounding the pandemic. This new way of thinking allows the reader to accept what they cannot change. This is an important practice to learn and apply while self-isolating.

Counter arguments

All people do not believe in ways to spiritually improve and become enlightened. They may instead be more responsive to self-help books that have concrete ways to improve their physical health or financial status. In addition, rather than wanting to improve themselves, a person may desire to distract themselves from the pandemic. The Power of Now encourages readers to reflect on their current situation during the pandemic, which may cause more anxiety for them.

Premises

[P1] People are experiencing high levels of anxiety as a result of the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus. [P2] The Power of Now helps people practice mindfulness and how to cope with anxiety through spiritual enlightenment and transforming the mind. [P3] People should read The Power of Now while self-isolating to help them cope with anxiety and improve mindfulness.

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References

  1. https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/04/rising-mental-health-concerns-in-the-coronavirus-era/
  2. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/03/deepak-chopra-the-coronavirus-and-need-for-spiritual-wellness.html

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