LIVING WITH PRESENCE AND INTENTIONAL MINDFULNESS
LIVING WITH PRESENCE AND INTENTIONAL MINDFULNESS
May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May the warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracle that seeks no attention
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder
- John O’Donohue – Author: Eternal Echoes (Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong)
The late aikido master and author, George Leonard, observed, “We are always practicing something.”
This is such an interesting quote…however, it seems we are in great need of mindful practices to stay present. Yet, we have a tendency to create little time for regular practice. It is through consistent practice that we see beneath the surface to the place where we know not with our mind, but with our heart.
In my coaching with clients and at the beginning of each coaching session I always extend an invitation to step in to the world of intentional mindfulness and presencing. Over the years my mindfulness has grown to a pivotal space as a foundation for my continued human development. My definition of mindfulness if one would ask is as follows: Mindfulness refers to a specific way or avenue to deepen our self-awareness and increase the ability to stay in the present moment.
From my personal and professional experience, not only does intentional mindfulness have many physical and mental benefits, at the core it is a avenue for self discovery, exploration and personal development. I also feel, it is an awareness with a purpose; it is a practice that facilitates profound positive change.
I recently reviewed an incredible article written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Institute Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Jon Kabat-Zin defines mindfulness meditation as “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”
Jon Kabat – Zinn continues to explain that Mindfulness is a way of engaging in:
- systematically regulating our attention and energy; thereby influencing and possibly regulating the quality of our experience; in the service of realizing the full range of our humanity; of our relationships to others and the world.
From my prospective, these 4 paths or ways of integrating Mindfulness can lead to a powerful practice to grow and strengthen a person’s ability to respond to what is actually taking place in the moment rather than to what one thought was going to happen or was afraid might happen or thinks should happen, which is what I call, “Imaginative Functioning.”
Here then, we have an opportunity, to practice the art of mindfulness in seeing oneself and others more clearly without judgment, to move forward and to provide a positive impact on the actual reality of what is transpiring in the “Now.”
As we grow our intentional mindfulness it will also create a place for informed mindfulness, whereby an individual becomes more aware, non-judgmentally, of what is occurring in the present moment and understands that a decision about to be made is a choice, an informed choice, as the person checks in with their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual sensations.
While it may be simple to practice mindfulness, it’s not necessarily easy. It requires effort and discipline.
So, at this moment, as you move from reading this article, I extend an invitation to the following path of entering a place of being mindful and presence:
- Find a quiet place to heighten your awareness of stillness
- Close your eyes
- Create a comfortable position
- Feet placed on the floor/ground or lay in a prone position
- Allow your thinking mind to stop for a moment and simply bring your attention to spacious awareness and stillness. Become totally at ease with the present moment and pay attention to the underlying stillness that is there in between your breath
- Be aware of your breath…breathe thru your nose (inhalation) and breathe out of your nose (exhalation)
- It will bring calm to your entire body. Tune in the spaciousness. Feel the rhythm of your breathing.
- Follow the physical sensations, the inhalation of your breath as it moves into your nostrils, and as you exhale and your breath moves across your upper lip.
- Follow your rhythm… gentle pace… focus on your breath…
Key Reflection Questions:(important to note here, you will notice something releasing in you as you share your responses to your experience of mindfulness and presencing.)
In the last 24 hours:
- How did I begin to explore my intentional Mindfulness?
- What did I discover?
- What are the intentions do I have that will allow me to strengthen and integrate mindfulness?
- What is it that keeps my heart beating?
- What was it like to feel my energy as I live being in the present moment?
- What activities inspired me, or provided me a sense of purpose, meaning, peace, celebration, gratitude, conscious awareness of the realities of my presencing and intentional mindfulness?
As you spend time with one or more of these reflection questions, describe your insights and discoveries and how you will integrate your new awareness of being present and mindful in all you do each day. Focus your awareness inside of yourself, to an area where you find calm and ease.
Be gentle, locate a positive sensation(s), accept yourself as you are today and take all the time you need.
For more information with regarding how to explore and integrate mindfulness and presencing, you can reach out to Will Wiebe…see contact information below: