Being present is often spoken about as a highly desirable thing. It is a concept that we hear a lot about as affecting our lives and relationships in a positive way. But how do we really bring this concept into reality? Do we have a practice that helps us achieve it in everyday life? Approaching ourselves and our lives from an energetic perspective can help!
Being Present, Energy and Feeling Good
One of the key elements in an energetic approach to living is to FEEL good. Not only is this a goal, it is also a part of the method to achieve the goal. We are so accustomed to working hard, striving, pushing, efforting, to reach our destination that it seems to never occur to us that there can be another way.
It is not about not making an effort to reach our goals. The point is that we can do so with a lot less angst than most of us generate! The key here is in the energy of our inner state that shapes our approach and thus our outcome.
The same techniques that are helpful to awaken to our problem patterns are also a useful way to shift to more ease and effective outcomes. For instance, meditation and breath work can heighten awareness of mind-body patterns that deplete our energy resources. At the same time these methods bring us into the present and help develop an inner state of ease. In addition they allow for accessing and focusing the power of mind in order to create new, healthier patterns of thinking and feeling. The enhanced well being that comes with this type of practice spills over into real life!
Presence as a Process and a Practice
Our energy systems provide us with a map of consciousness that allows us to to connect with and express our deepest spiritual nature…that of Presence. Essentially our true nature is that which we experience as Presence.
Being present decreases tension by focusing us in the here and now removing the tendency to dissipate energy through stress worry, fear and anxiety.
Through being present we can bring a sense of the sacred to each activity, to each moment, regardless of how mundane. As we do so we embrace a deep sense of fullness and satisfaction that is missed when we are rushing, judging and focusing on our dissatisfaction.
Thoughts on Developing More Presence
Be aware of awareness itself
Be alert to circumstances around you
Bring greater mindfulness to each moment
Pay attention, consciously practice being attentive
Practice truly listening and hearing yourself, others, the environment
Center and ground into the fullness of YOU so you can receive the wholeness of another
Developing greater alignment and coherence within our energy systems generates inner acceptance and peace which fosters our capacity to remain fully present. Being present to ourselves in this way encourages an ease where we can honestly and freely express who you really are without judgment. As we develop this capacity to be more fully present we experience an inner sense of safety, happiness and fulfillment not available through chasing external goals. Paradoxically though, being more present boosts our energy, reduces stress and helps us more easily reach those external goals as well!