The Power of Being Present
I do struggle with this concept at the best of times, finding myself on either side of being present. Either thinking about the past and how certain things could have turned out a different way, or obsessing about the future, which is what I do on a daily basis.
My personal thoughts are that the concept of ‘being present’ when you are around other people, is quite challenging. Never-the-less, it can be quite an enlightening experience when accomplished.
I practiced this thought of being present recently, made famous by best-selling author and spiritual teacher, Eckart Tolle. The outcome was pretty smile-worthy. Not a grinch-like smile,. Smiling because the situation where I would usually make a smart ass comment or act defensively, became an opportunity for me to see outside myself, to be an observer…. and that made me smile. Of course its still a work in progress and sometimes, my passion and excitement about a certain topic explodes out into my language, verbal and physical, and I can come across as a bit of a biaartch! But I truly see the value in being present. I was able to see patterns and certain behaviours that made me reflect and say ‘omg, how did I not notice that before?’. Thats easy,… its that damn bastard Ego. I sat in a state of awareness, and wanted to put Ego in the naughty corner for a wee while, just to observe myself. Of course Ego is a stubborn bitch and she insisted of being part of the party, but I held her hand instead, and let her come out a little bit. When I thought that she had said enough, I gently nudged her back … and I was happy with the progress I/we had made.
Being able to be fully present takes so much practice, but its not an impossible feat. Like anybody, I try to think of the future so much that it curbs my ability to have fun in the moment and enjoy every minute of this precious life that we have been given. Recent tragic events on the Gold Coast has made me even more aware of changes I need to make in this respect.
So, practice makes perfect and I will continue to work and go on about my day being present to my current reality.
I would love to hear from you! Do you focus on the future, or the past? Or have you mastered the art of being present? and what has changed in your life when you started becoming more present?
Looking forward to hearing from you