You're toggling between a dozen open tabs.
You're half way through reading that chapter when you reach for an Instagram update.
You're scooping your oatmeal into your mouth while getting riled up at the morning news, or scrolling through Facebook.
Your hands are on the steering wheel and your mind's out two days ahead of you: planning, structuring, making sure the pieces of the puzzle fit just the way you like.
It's not just you. I promise.
Let's do a 180, together.
When you’re living in the moment, you’re not worried about:
Whether you meditated for long enough this morning
How many emails are lurking in your inbox, ready to pounce on you after a few clicks of the mouse
Whether or not your lunch has bloated your belly
How the outside world is perceiving you
- The clock. What clock? You're here, right? You're doing what the moment calls you to do, and far out, that's more than enough.
It's a lighter, more buoyant, brighter world. In fact, 'the moment' feels like a whole 'nother planet.
Blues are bluer.
Reds are riper.
You can feel the breeze sweep over every hair on your skin.
You can feel the being of who you really are. You can’t label it, or even think about it really, but dammit, can you feel it...
You notice the miraculous and deeply loving energy of animals. The idiotic joy of puppies; the curiosity of seagulls dancing with the tide; the ants, who march in lines towards the scent of sugar.
You could look up at the clouds for eons.
You could love deeper than what feels legal, or safe.
You could intoxicate the world with your honest existence.
And let’s be clear here: presence ain’t all Om Shantis and Kumbahyas.
When you’re present, you’re more productive. Time expands as you mingle with the moment.
You’re more engaged in conversation, and you show up with zero agenda.
You’re quick to respond (instead of react), because you’re living from the guided space of your heart, rather than having to consult the Pros & Cons lists of the mind.
You can place one foot in front of the other – for longer. Used to having your mind convince you to slow down? To stop? That you can’t possibly run any further? That you're unfit? That you're just plain DONE for the day? Next time you tie up your shoelaces and take stride, rest your awareness in your lungs; on the bottom of your feet and they bounce off the ground; on the kiss of wind that touches your face. See what happens? Your body is fine. It’s willing and able. It’s your mind that’s unfit.
You quit sabotaging your joy. Let’s swap the word presence for openness – just for a second. When you are open, receptive, HERE, you take in the world as it is. Not how you wish it were, or how you’d prefer it to be. And that’s a beautiful thing, because it means the mind can take a back row seat as your heart sits front and centre, bearing witness to and participating in the natural unfolding of your perfect path.
Being present, from the outside looking in, can seem like a giant pain in the ass. Something else to add to the beastly list of Things That Would Probably Make Me A Better Person If Only I Just Bloody Did Them. Screw that approach. It’s unsustainable, incredibly frustrating, and it has Oh Hey, I’m A SABOTEUR written all over it.
What if presence was instead something we approached with patience and persistence? (RIP Goenka)
What if it were something we played with, dipped out toes in and out of, poked a few times, tried on for size? What it we took to it with a beginners mind?
What if every time we realised that we were NOT being present, we silently celebrated the very awareness that came to that realisation?
And what if we were gentle with ourselves? If we could forgive how seductive the vortex of our mind is, and blow it a knowing kiss each time we wrestle away from it for favour of our heart – the place where life is easier.
Not lazier. Just… easier. More supportive. Guided. The place where life feels good.
The truth about living in the present moment? Well, apart from all that we’ve already been told about it, such as:
It’s all we’ll ever have
It’s impossible to suffer in the present moment
Nothing exists without it...
... Can we also just settle into a high-vibrating opinion that it is simply undeniably blissful.
I’m talking magical, Narnia-style, Fern Gully Fairy Wing style blissdom here.
In each moment of presence, unfolds a special kinda motion picture that super exceeds any blockbuster hit.
It’s the movie that your entire life force has created.
Take notice, will you? You’re the freaking star of this one-moment show. And you’ve been typecast for this role, because babe, ain’t nobody able to play it like you.
Let your life be magical. Even if you’ve got four kids under four. Even if you’re over-committed, or physically healing.
Open your eyes a little wider. Just a little.
It’s all arranged, sublimely, right here, for you.
That’s the truth.
My favourite tools for landing back in the eternal Now?
+ Guided Chakra Cleanse for Busy People* meditation, by Belinda Davidson. I LOVE that she's made a shorter version for the busy peeps out there. Her original chakra cleanse is about 50 minutes long (and every moment of it is divine), but at 34 minutes, this edition is definitely more accessible to the masses. Every time I do this meditation, I'm left wondering why I don't do it every day. It's that's phenomenal.
+ Meditones*, by Tahlee Rouillon. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: this is the best damn meditation music I've ever heard. Nothing compares. I sit in silence to it. Write to it. Sometimes even run to it. Get it in your ear drums, ASAP.
+ This 'I'm Back' approach from Josh Pais (Marie Forleo's honey).
+ The Hot Potato, taught to me by Belinda. When you become aware that your mind has grip on you, imagine yourself dropping the thoughts like a hot spud. You can replace this with any ritual you like. A sigh. A shake of the hands. A subtle stomp of the foot. Better out than in.
+ Laughter. Laugh at the insanity of the mind's processes. Laugh at how it needs you to know what's in store for you. Laugh at how it constructs arguments in your mind. Laugh at how quick it is to jump to your defence and prove others wrong when there's no fricken issue in the first place. Amusement is a high frequency emotion. Be amused.
Let's laugh together,
PS: What's true for you, in THIS moment. Not What's your mind thinking, or what have you got planned for your day ahead. What it your truth, right here, right now. Start typing, below :)
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