Be Present with self
One of the greatest gifts each of us can give to ourselves is being present - engaging with life, connecting with others, listening with kindness, staying open-minded and free of judgment.
The ability to be present, no matter what's going on around us, is the cornerstone of mindfulness and peace.
Peace, Love, Light everyone and welcome to the Journey.
Today we are going to talk about being present.
Being more present means what?
As a basic principle, being present means being completely absorbed in one thing - a conversation, a project, or a task - without distraction, without wanting to be anywhere else, without being in your head and lost in thought.
On a deeper level - and this is what meditation teaches us over time - it means being able to sit with challenging emotions when they arise. Often, it happens when we sit to take a deep breath or when we're triggered by everyday circumstances. Regardless of what we feel, we sit and experience it.
Feel happiness and be present with it.
Be present with anger by feeling it. To be more present with anxiety, feel anxious. And then, once we've felt it, we're better able to let that emotion go, so it doesn't overwhelm us and mess so much with our mood that day.
Anchoring yourself to the present moment is easier said than done, especially when most people tend to dwell on yesterday or worry about tomorrow. Meditation can help bridge the gap between emotions from the past and eagerness of the future ... and that’s why it teaches us how to be more present in life.
In order to be present, we must focus on one thing and feel whatever we feel at any given moment, even if it is challenging
Our ability to be present will improve as we more often experience difficult emotions
Meditation and mindfulness help us notice thoughts and feelings as they arise - the first step in learning how to be more present