Wellness Wednesday Weekly Series August 1, 2018
Being present just means being all in and connecting with the reality of the moment that you are in. In this current moment, the past is gone and the future hasn’t occurred. All you have is this moment. Say to yourself, “I am here now, this is my moment.” Allow all of the filters you see through dissolve. See yourself as this human being experiencing life, you are an expression of existence manifesting in this moment. Look around you, breathe the air, notice the scents and smells. Using your vision, notice the texture of things, study the objects around you, the living beings and creatures around you. We are consciousness expressed in this living form. Touch something. Utilize all of your senses. You are not a victim to this world, you are this world. You are an expression of the creator, of the creation of all things. You are worthy of life, of happiness and joy.
When you connect with what you are doing and when you are all in, blocks dissolve, anxiety disappears and wonderment fills your heart.
Activate all 5 senses
You can do one sense at a time, or just focus on one, two, or your choice.
I tell myself time is an illusion. I am here, it is now, and I embrace everything in this moment.
What you can do if your present moment sucks:
(Examples: you’re at a mind-numbing job, you are under the weather, you are upset, you are hurt…)
Learn and practice the art of patience. This too shall pass.
Have the wisdom to know that you have to make a change and start planning and taking steps.
Embrace that everything is temporary.
Embrace that there is wisdom to be gained, lessons to be learned, in all moments in life, even the sucky ones.
Some moments seem meaningless, for example, “what’s the point of having to go through pain, boredom, sickness, etc.” As humans we are not immune to playing the waiting game, getting frustrated, being bored, being under the weather, etc. Sometimes we just have to power through and try to make the best of it. My Bluetooth is my best friend. If I am stuck somewhere waiting, I pop it on, and stream satellite radio, or an audiobook or YouTube videos. Or I whip out my journal or play a game on my tablet. Some moments are more complex than that, and may take a little more creativity, but you get the idea. The main point is that nothing lasts forever. And just imagine the wonderful relief and feeling of gratitude when the sucky moments finally pass. If you are in an unbearable place, use what you can to relieve your pain, try self-soothing techniques. Remember to acknowledge what you are feeling, don’t resist and push away your feelings. Comfort yourself like you would a small child. Many times in life, we have to push through discomfort to get to comfort.
I believe in the scales.
Someone told me once, when I was feeling incredibly down, that as low I am now, I will be equally as high in the future. Life balances out, so if you are very low, expect to be very high soon.
I liked that. I kept that vision with me as I go through hard times. And my life has had up and downs.
I have perfected the art of the Bounce Back. This is why I am Resilient.
Your present moment awareness can be transitioned into a meditation practice.
Try this: Forget about chants, yoga, meditation cushions, guided meditations, and anything that you may have perceived about meditation.
Think of meditation as you just getting used to yourself and your mind. Just sit or walk with yourself and notice everything about you. Notice your thoughts and feelings. All meditation is learning about yourself and how you operate consciously. You get to know your frequent thoughts. You get to know your knee jerk reactions. You are witness to your filters and perceptions. You observe yourself, like a scientist observes things under a microscope. After observing yourself many times, you are no longer shocked by strange thoughts that come through your mind. You are no longer a prisoner to recurring negative chatter. You start to gain control over thoughts and you learn to navigate the vast sea of consciousness. It just takes time and commitment to be a witness to your existence and a desire to be more in touch with your mind and body. It’s choosing awareness. Awareness brings gratitude, and gratitude brings happiness. So just sit with yourself, in quiet. And observe.
So, what are you going to do with this moment, right now?