When we are present rightness just is, we often can see our situation from a different perspective. It allows us to intuitively know where to put our attention and come back into alignment and balance regardless of what is going in our lives. However, when there is fear or doubt or the rational mind creeps in, then we loose presence and begin thinking or anticipating. It's not easy to be present all the time, often we forget or get lost in the drama of everyday life. Some days I am hardly present at all, I am planning future possibilities or thinking about the past or absorbed by emotions. We allow conditioning or my ego to take over. However, the wonderful thing is that every time we remember, we have the opportunity to return to the present moment and embrace the awesome gift that life is.
By becoming increasingly present we live from a more authentic and true place, it is easier to become aware of when we are acting through distorted patterning or conditioning. It encourages us to soften and to be more loving and compassionate towards ourselves and others. Our willingness to be present is a gift not only to ourselves but also to those around us, in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh "When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?” In my therapy work, the more present I am the greater my connection with the Universal energy. From here anything I need to be aware of or do simply arises via my “intuition”, which is much wiser than my “small mind”. This video with Eckart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey illustrates the value of remaining present and in the here and now, Eckart says “Be true to life by being true to this moment” and that’s True Living!!!!
How might we be more present?
Perhaps set aside some time every day to sit quietly and meditate, stick up post it notes as a reminder to come into this moment, journal your experiences or find some books or resources that might support you. When with others, rather than just listening to their words and reacting, truly listen, maybe empathetically observe what is happening, notice your love and compassion for them. Our lives can be very full and busy which is not conducive to being present, hence slowing down, taking time out and engaging with what brings us joy can facilitate more presence in our lives. You may find other things that work well for you, trust whatever resonates. It can take practice and patience, so be gentle with yourself.
The gift of your Presence
I'd love to hear of your experience and what Presence means to you?
May the beauty of your Presence bring light to the world this Solstice and midwinter season, you are a blessing in the world and the world is grateful that you are here fulfilling your purpose.
With love and blessings, Fiona