Ever had a conversation with someone and gotten so caught up in your own thinking that you didn't hear a thing the other person said? Do you ever get lost because you're so into the song on the radio that you totally blipped out on your next turn? These kinds of experiences are everyday occurrences, right? They are for the overburdened mind.
What if you pulled your focus back HERE when you felt a mental meandering coming on?
This isn't as hard as it seems, even though at first it might feel like you're trying to rein in a team of wild horses. Be gentle with yourself. For most of us it takes regular and consistent practice, a mere 5-10 minutes a day, to build the attention muscles. They're what will help you see a new world.
Consider this also… YOUR ‘be here now' can look and feel different than anyone else's, though it may share similar qualities. Your ability to BE fully present is your own. Notice how it feels.
What are the sensations that occur in your body?
What are the thoughts, if any, that soar across the inner vision of your mind?
What things are you lead to speak, write, share, do?
Who are you when you are BEing?
These explorations are key in mapping out your own inner terrain. In this you are sovereign. Others can certainly be your companion on the adventure, but you make your own path. It's the only way to shift your experience and create real transformation in your world.
Navigating your BIG Shifts with presence are what create rock solid certainty, and an experience of ease and grace, amid massive change no matter what the challenge. One of the themes in this series is that most of the speakers sharing their BIG Shifts have a solid set of transformation tools and practices that give them access to these expanded perspectives. Don't let a BIG Shift catch you unprepared.
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Are you experiencing whiplash from the rate of change and yearning to find your own oasis of peace and presence?
BIG Shifts invariably take you down the road less traveled. The adventure of constant change can often prove far more stressful than you bargained for.
What if you could access a peaceful pool of presence in your everyday moments? What if access to infinite inspiration were within a moment's reach?
The greatest gift you bestow upon life is to fully and unabashedly own the light and truth of your own being. This doesn’t mean you are perfect. Quite the contrary, this sense of you is the fullness of your being. It is a pulsating rhythm, a heartbeat, that lives in this moment. It moves through you and is not ‘you,’ at least not the personal perspective of you.
The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. Thich Nhat Hanh
Presence isn't something you learn. It’s a discovery, an authentic expression of your true being. It is a nowhere to go, and nothing to do kind of experience. Your power, your presence is already here, perhaps momentarily forgotten. It is merely a remembrance, a ‘welcome home.’
Here are three ways to remember:
1. Turn off the auto pilot. Take your routine, every day activities and turn them into opportunities for presencing. It could be doing the dishes or driving the car, feel every action as if it were the first time you were doing it. Focus on the feel of every movement until you are in a state of heightened awareness.
2. Tune into the ‘feel’ of your presence. Get intimately familiar with who you are being. Feel the primal energy of you lining up, amping up, propelling your being into a powerful, vibrant, kinesthetic symphony of beyond the edge sensing and infinite knowing.
3. Open to Divine Downloads. Shift from horizontal to vertical awareness. Your mind works in the dimensions of the past and the future, a horizontal orientation. To be present and totally aware is to be in a state of spaciousness, dropping your intellect. This doesn’t mean you drop into a deep slumber, it is simply a move into a depth of understanding and perspective. When you move vertically that is a movement of consciousness, which is awareness.
Something so simple and so profound gifted to yourself, and thereby, to all changes everything. As you allow the truth of this moment to touch you, it ripples through everyone and everything that you touch. Today, honor the sacred presence of your being and so gift it to one another