You hear a lot about being present. And how we should always be living in the present moment. Right when I think I know what it means, the act of trying to be present can sometimes elude me. Thankfully, more and more dialogues emphasizing “How to Be Present” surround us. Helping us manage our daily way of being, unfortunately, because we are living in an age of constant distraction. So, sometimes we need several ways of experiencing something to get it and effectively put it into practice.
The other day I had a conversation with a friend who expanded on the notion of “being present.” He merely suggested that when what is going on in our head is different from what the body is doing, it creates tension, a dissonance. For example, if we are walking and thinking about all the things we must complete before the end of the day our body will show signs of strain: fast pace, forgetting where we’re going, bumping into things, etc. Our body will react if we are not engaged in the present action. Most of us experience this pressure from our anxious or stressful thoughts, which is then mirrored in the body. Shortness of breath, shoulders caving in, we all have our go-to positions.
When we redirect our attention to the present moment, those thoughts go away because we are back in our body fully engaged with the present moment. The only time you are here is when you are in your body. This act is so subtle. When we shift our mind to the here and now, the body will follow, and the tension will drop.
Mondays can be difficult. Today try to ease in by only taking tasks moment by moment. In the western world, we pride ourselves on being multi-taskers. (Which does not allow us to be here!) There is nothing enjoyable about leaving our body and not giving our life our full attention. We need to be here to be of service to ourselves, our partners, our family, whomever we encounter in our lives.
Give our vessel a break! Become the authority of your vessel so that stress, anxiety or whatever else you place on it does not rule who you are.
“I am here now! I engage with my life, so I choose to be here. I now consciously navigate where I actually want to be!”