“How we spend our days is, of course, is how we spend our lives.”
Annie Dillard’s reflection on presence is interesting, and yet it exclaims the question, what exactly makes “Presence” possible?
The concept of Presence is grounded in the practice of mindfulness, which is the ability to fully live into our daily experience to the fullest. Mindfulness is an antidote to stress and anxiety. It seems the root of our anxiety is our tendency to live for the future which keeps each of us from fully welcoming and embracing the present.
Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher and author of “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth”, gently reminds us that we need to be aligned with what Is…
Tolle states “that by living in alignment with the present moment, you also align your will with the universal will, which you could call “the will of God.” The ego will want to enhance or strengthen one’s sense of self— the “me,” the “I.” But there is a Divine Consciousness, the one Consciousness—an evolutionary impulse.”
What we are doing here at every moment is to align ourselves with that.
Whatever wants to be created, manifested, done at this moment—to be aligned with that, you need to first accept whatever form this moment takes. Single out this moment only.
Tolle also shares and example, “if you are stuck in the mud somewhere, you don’t say, “Okay, I am in the mud, I have to accept it, and here I am. I’m not taking any action because I have to accept what is. This moment is already always as it is, and there’s nothing you can do about that. That’s what you accept. By accepting the moment as it is, you create an opening. You can then choose to take the next step and that step will be much more powerful.”
Living with presence and mindfulness in our daily routines of work and life is not easy. However, we are in great need of mindful practices to stay present. Yet, we create little time for a on-going practice.
In my work with clients, I invite them to renew, to restart, to re-engage to live into a purposeful presence. Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist practice that has incredible practical relevance for our daily lives today. Mindfulness and Presence are inter-related. To allow ourselves to be truly in touch with what matters at the moment, we have to create a “pause” in our experience long enough to let the present moment sink in.
Solitude and relaxation both play important roles in reflection. In a quiet, relaxed state, we find it easier to concentrate our energy in the direction we choose and to develop a clearer perception of the important moments in our lives.
Breathing Meditation… Deepening Into Stillness
You will need a quiet place as you heighten your awareness of stillness
Feet placed on the floor/ground
Close your eyes
Allow your thinking mind to stop – for a moment – and simply bring your attention to the 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 through your nose (inhalation) and breathe out of your nose (exhalation).
It will bring calm to your entire body. Tune into 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
Time 3-5 minutes
In the last 24 hours:
When did you express your ability to live into being mindful and presencing?
How are you choosing to express your living in alignment with the present moment?
What will inspire you to renew, to restart, to re-engage to live into a purposeful and mindful presence?
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 your being. 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.
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