Doesn’t this spot look absolutely delicious? Don’t know about you, but I feel completely relaxed looking at this. Now, what if you were super mega busy, with a million things to do and were forced to sit still here…would your mind be there too? Or would it be racing with a million things to do?
Today’s post is about the nebulous, vague quality of presence, because that golden little nugget can make you feel like your in this spot regardless of what’s going on around you. Read on to learn what presence is, how it can benefit you and how easy it is to achieve…..
So what does ‘presence’ mean to you?
It’s a buzz word in the wellness space these days, but also seems like this cloudy vague thing…like how do you know if you have it? Why does one even want it? Didn’t that happen like 2 months ago? 🎁🛍🧸
First off, what is presence? According to one definition… ‘Presence is the state of being somewhere. When you get an invitation that reads “Your presence is requested,” you are being asked to show up. Your style of being there — your demeanor or bearing — is also your presence. Usually, presence is a physical thing.’ (Vocabulary.com)
According to Mr. Tony Robbins it is the thing that will make or break a relationship…and, if you master it, it is a definite tool that can be used to clear all those crazy making thought loops, slow down your heart rate, and for a minute-just ‘BE’ in your own skin. Content. No drama. Connected to your body and actually in the room you are physically in, without your mind trying to hijack you into 20 different to do lists before the break of dawn.
So how does one acquire this golden little nugget? Well the good news is that it’s one of the world’s free miracles we can use to help our health overall…in a word…meditation! Again, another vague thing, right?
For a lot of my friends, you are familiar with meditation from a biblical perspective. For instance, read a scripture, then plug it into a few questions that help us to make positive changes for our future spiritual health.
However in the wellness space, meditation is being used in the context of focusing on your body. Using breath to connect to what’s going on in your muscles…noticing how your breath affects your chest cavity or your nostrils etc. Keying in on pain points, or muscle tension, or the rhythm of your heart. Or relaxing your muscles with calming breath work while you focus on each muscle to loosen and relax (I use this when I can’t sleep).
OR…let’s say you go outside in nature…you shut your eyes and try to observe all the sounds you can. No judgement or opinions…just taking it all in. Or you try to look out into the distance, just breathing and trying to take in your visual surroundings.
Have you tried any of these before? Are you a zen master pro? I certainly am NOT…progress over perfection-right?
Personally, my challenge right now is pushing out thoughts as they come rushing in, but it IS getting easier to let them be and just focus. It’s becoming something so useful I have found it really helpful with anxiety, stress and discouragement. So if you think you could use some of that, why not give it a go?
If you find you would prefer a guided meditation, I have been using the Mindfulness app. I don’t get ANY kickbacks for this, and I just stick to the freebies. If it’s been awhile, they get me back on track. Maybe it might be helpful to you, perhaps not-just thot I’d share…unusual I know, for the only child in me-haha!
Anyhow-I hope this serves you, and gets you thinking a bit about taking a little time out to nurture you, and hopefully, feel a little more refreshed afterwards. Sending hugs and hopes of a happy, powerful week for you!