5 Ways To Be More Present
Posted: Aug 29 2016
In our theme of Simplification for August, to carry all the ways in which we tend to simplify summer life joyfully into the rest of the year, being present is what really roots the whole idea of “simplify and helps it grow into all aspects of life. You may hear “be present” spoken at yoga class, but really: HOW does one do it? We’ve got five ideas that give it context and help you turn it into a practice
1) Stop and appreciate the things in your life right in this moment. Feel the love surrounding you - kids, partner, friends, an aunt, the man at the flower shop that smiled at you. Appreciate the color of the flowers on your dining table or the feel of the material of your shirt, or the stitchwork of something handmade.
2) Observe. In a coffee shop or in a meeting, observe what is going on. Not merely paying attention, observing is like turning what is going on in front of you into a movie. Watch the players’ actions, their body language; don’t interact, and just hear the tone of their voice. Simply be someone that has no stake in it, only to see moments of happiness, insecurity, or curiosity. When you are able to give pause to observe, your responses become surprisingly clear and simplified.
3) Breathe. Try paying attention to your breath before you drift off to sleep. While you're at a stoplight, shake off the traffic or the schedule you're running to and from and take deep breaths. Pay attention to how all of a sudden things seem a bit more in perspective.
4) Enjoy everyday tasks. Whatever you’re doing, whether it’s a work task or taking a shower or brushing your teeth or cooking dinner or driving to work, slow down. Instead of thinking about other things, pay attention to the touch, taste and interaction of what you’re doing. View cooking, eating or brushing your teeth as a sacred ritual to nourish and care for your body. View straightening the house as a service to your family--and to your mind, to create a clean flow of energy.
5) Spend time alone. Intentionally carve out time for creativity. Creativity flourishes in solitude. With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus. Don't think about your to-do list or the needs of others. If your cup isn't full, you have nothing to offer others. This is your time to fill your cup.
Comment and let us know how you are practicing being more present!