Let’s talk about presence. But before we do, let’s admit we are absent most of the time. Absent from where we are in the moment we are living. We struggle because we can seem to be whole in the sequence of moments that make up our life time. We are driving but we are really making mental to-do lists in the meantime. We are watching our kids in the playground but we are really checking our emails and whatsapp messages on our phones. We are having breakfast but we are getting dressed at the same time. We are never there. At the moment.
The mind is a powerful thing. It has the power to subjugate us to its whims and moods. We need to regain control over who we are, and we are not our minds. We need to cultivate silence and focus in our everyday lives. We need to experience more flow in our lives. We need to make time and space every day to experience contemplation and engage in silent self-observation. Find more head space, do some uncluttering in your head and throw away all the trash you accumulate within.
I have decided to shut up and sit silently every day for at least ten minutes. I sit myself down in a quiet place in my house and I contemplate. I am trying out some mindfulness techniques that involve breathing and observing. I like it because it removes the religiousness aspect from meditation. It’s brain yoga. It helps me replenish my mind, enhancing the quality of my mind’s engagement in tasks where it’s needed.
But best of all, it reminds me that I am a breathing living organism. I want to be here now. And here now. And here now. In a flow. Be. Here. Now.