Be present, this has become a buzz word from Kung fu Panda to corporate lingo. But how can you be present? Is it intense concentration or a blank mind? Eckhart Tolle gives the best description about presence.
“When you are present, when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally. ”Eckhart Tolle
For me being present is not a continuous state that you get to, in order to get back to presence, I bring my attention back to my heart and breath. In that moment I can feel the energy of life pulsating through my body and I am aware of existence through my feelings, including discomfort. We have a tendency to allow our mind to drift and then we fall out of presence and into a blue print of how life is. Our brain has evolved over time to recognize patterns and to try and predict what’s going to happen next from those patterns. Our neural pathways search for predictability and security. Our default position could be either negative, positive or neutral. But when we move away from doing a task in a robotic or automatic manner and apply our full awareness our presence to it, it allows us to respond from a place of being fully in the moment, fully present to the solution, where there is only a problem. At other times we are driven to rediscover and get back to presence—usually as a result of an unpleasant circumstance. This sometimes happens when success gives way to depression or boredom; when we experience an inexplicable, gradual drift from the sense of meaning in what we do; when a major transition upsets our life—by change of job, residence, marriage, death, war, or disaster; or when we are pressed by our own natural cycles of maturation to re-evaluate what, how, and why we do things.
During these times try out these exercises:
- Put aside your expectations and replace them with a neutral anticipation and childlike curiosity
- Put aside your judgments of good and bad and dwell in gratitude with what is real and now.
- Put aside beliefs and imprints from others and claim the beliefs that are authentic to your heart, soul, and experience
- Put aside your doubts and see your talents and gifts—emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.
- Put aside the constant whir of your life for the stillness and intuitive sensitivity of your consciousness
In this way, the pattern of your life and the direction of your purpose will stand in this present moment and through every moment of your life just as the pull of the current shapes the form of a river.
How to increase your presence?
Give yourself markers during the day, maybe before each meal, you can take 30 seconds to feel present and grateful. First thing in the morning and last thing at night. Make bringing presence into your life your priority every day, this may include doing a daily yoga and meditation practice, being present when exercising, walking or even typing on your computer.
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This week’s classes:
Mon 29 Feb 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 1 Mar 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 2 Mar 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)
Wed 2 Mar 3-3.45pm Kids Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 2 Mar 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road
Fri 4 Mar 6.30-7.pm Community Class – BY DONATION ALL WELCOME, The Om Space
Sat 5 Mar 5-7.30am Sadhana @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5 (FREE)
Sun 6 Mar 10-11am Hatha General Class @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5