We hear a lot about the present moment. Common phrases such as “be here now,” “embrace the present moment,” “stay in the present,” and “be happy in this moment” are constant reminders that being in the moment is good for us. We write them on sticky notes, we have them as the wallpaper on our phones and we hang up wall art in our homes as reminders.
Many of us agree that we could benefit from a bit more presence and awareness of our moment to moment experiences throughout our day. A bit less distraction, avoidance, attachment to outcomes, and overthinking would be a welcomed relief from the constant mind chatter that we typically experience daily.
And we would be right, a present state is much less taxing on our bodies, our hearts and our minds. When we’re wrapped up in the past conditioned stories about who we are and who others are, we are not present. When we are worried about uncertainty and what is going to happen in the future, we are not present. Our past and future stories are perceptions from the head.
And, when our minds are chattering about these stories – we are NOT in the present moment.
Presence is in the heart and the “felt sense” of body. It can be felt in the gut as a sort of intuition. We are present when we are in our hearts and body experiencing from our senses and noticing our embodied experience.
When we begin to move into presence from an embodied experience, we may stay there for a brief moment before going up into our heads to think about what’s happening. Most of us spend about 95% of our days stuck in our heads, thinking about all the things, unaware of the present moment.
With intention and practice, however, we can definitely turn that around!
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