I first read about the concept of presence from Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, in his book “The Miracle of Mindfulness.”
He was writing about eating an orange with total presence (which if you know me and my love of food, you’ll realize why that caught my attention!)
I remember thinking to myself, how hard can that be? All you have to do is pay attention.
Doesn’t everyone do this?
And then I learned over many years of trial and error and experimenting, that simple, effective techniques are often the most difficult to practice consistently.
Funny how that works.
Dennis and I talk in this episode (#55) about presence, why it’s a critically important tool and state, how to know if you’re doing it “right” and how to cultivate more of it.
The free Group Frequency Calibration® (GFC) at the end is the most important part – it will help you to begin to remove the distortion patterns that are keeping you from experiencing true presence, the access point to the Eternal Now.
Here’s to the power of presence!
Until next time,
• What does it mean to be present? Being present = being in this particular moment without the mind. Being here now.
• The easiest tool to bring yourself into the now is your body. Become very aware of your body. Pinch your finger or put your attention on part of your body.
• Nature is another great tool. Go outside or look outside. Become present with the clouds, a plant, a warbling bird—anything that makes you feel uplifted or joyful. Merging with something in nature—a tree or stream, perhaps—allows us to experience the frequency of the earth, which only holds the present moment.
• Moving your body can help. Be aware of yourself walking, the air on your skin, your movement through space. The feeling of your feet hitting the ground. Become enraptured with your surroundings: the smell of the air, the sounds, colors. Play with your senses. As you become absorbed with that, everything else drops away.
• The goal is to be in a state of awareness—not thinking. But removing the mind can be scary, because in stillness there’s no attempt to assert a sense of self. You’re not trying to be somebody, you just are. Our minds try so hard to present ourselves to the world or defend our sense of self, but frequency work gives you the freedom to stop defending yourself in that way.
• The more you allow stillness, the more you can experience a connection to the All That Is. Magic, synchronicity, inspired ideas—those things can only happen if there’s space for it. If we’re filling that space with talking, planning, or regretting, it’s hard for magic to find a gap to come in.
• Being present is a discipline and a practice. The mind wants to jump around, but all you have to do is bring yourself back (again and again—remember, it’s a discipline, not a “one and done” situation). The payoff is access to everything in that moment of stillness. When you drop into the stillness and the collective present now, what you can access is infinite. Your meditations and intuitive abilities will get stronger as well.
• As you clear distortions, become more present more often, and continue to ascend, your awareness starts to become spherical. You can take in more information around you—not just what’s directly in front of you.