Being present. Really present.
It means not thinking about what just happened or what you have to do in five minutes, five hours, tomorrow, or next month.
Instead, it’s feeling your feet on the floor, seeing what is around you, hearing the sounds, smelling the scents, touching and really feeling. Experiencing the world around you through your senses.
Do you remember when you were a kid and you had to close your eyes and be quiet for one minute and then the teacher would ask what did you hear? Some kids heard a door creaking, an airplane flying over, the whirl of the air conditioning. I do this a lot, still to this day.
If I catch myself thinking about future stuff and worried about “what ifs” then this is a perfect exercise that plops me right back into the now. Which is all we really have. I love what Eckhart Tolle said:
“In every moment you must feel at least
one of these things to be present:
joy, enthusiasm, and/or acceptance.”
Well, obviously when you are doing something you love, joy and enthusiasm are no problem. It is when the unexpected “problem” arises that can teach us true acceptance. Ugh, I know, sometimes when it’s bad we don’t want to accept it. But then we make it bigger, uglier, scarier and usually it lasts a lot longer.
Why is this so important? Well, in coaching we are working on our life’s intentions; a purpose that comes from deep within us and is a living spirit behind our goals and dreams. For example: to be a loving family member, to be a creator of beauty, to be financially successful. It is a longing to be known for something that we contribute to life. Being present is a way to get into the flow of the energy that can really move us forward on our journey to grow and develop!!! Isn’t that worth playing for?
And if we are looking at challenges as happening FOR us, then accepting them, even in the toughest moments of the challenge, will move us further and faster than anything else. If you have skied you know you have to lean into the mountain but it is counterintuitive and really scary at first. But once you do it, you then have more control, speed, and flow on the mountain. So next time you feel yourself say, ugh, I wish it wasn’t like this or I don’t want it to be this way, take a breath, if you can, close your eyes, feel your feet on the ground, hear the sounds around you, smell the place where you are, and feel what you are touching. Let that bring you to the now and accept what it is.
Happy, happy Tuesday
Love you all!!!
Courtney Gebhart, Life Coach, Kundalini Yoga teacher, and Human Being.