Presence. It is the most powerful exercise that I have ever learned, used, and practiced. It is the one thing that I believe everyone in this world needs, and likely the one thing that I believe more people in this world should try.
So often we get caught up in our lives being too active. We wake up and look at our phones. We go to work listening to music or podcasts. We sit eating our lunches while catching up on email. Only to retreat home and finish another season of that Netflix show we’ve obsessed over since a close friend recommended it. Yet, at the end of the day, we can easily feel unsatisfied.
This lack of fulfillment is hard to grasp. We sometimes cannot understand where this lack is a result of. We can even fall into the trap of believing that the world is at fault or that we have no control over the fact that we end every day with the stale taste of disappointment.
Our mind is wrong. Our mind tells us that we need more of something, that whatever our current condition is is not quite in balance. This is wrong. I understand that some have it better than others. Some are born into families with excessively large trust funds while others, such as myself, are born with hardly a savings account. But this is besides the point, because regardless of our situation, we have the power to create overwhelming emotions and produce a positive light in our lives.
This power I speak of is presence. What I mean by presence is the lack of thought. If you learn to shut off your mind, silence the voice in your head producing thoughts, and to simply exist. By learning to observe our thoughts from a third-perspective, acknowledge them, and disregard any form of emotion or emotional response, we can experience presence. What this does is allows us to absorb the beauty of now.
The now, which is the only true moment in time, is full of joy and love. It is the only actual piece of existence. If we really think about it, any time other than now, past and future, is simply a concoction of our mind to either reminisce or imagine. Reality is grounded in the now.
The whole reason behind my mentioning of this is that by grounding ourselves in the now, the present moment, we can escape ourselves. We can separate ourselves from emotion. We can separate ourselves from regret or anxiety. We can separate ourselves from any unnecessary feelings of doubt, envy, greed, or depression. And when we do so, we can experience the beauty, love, joy, and fulfillment that comes from now.
But, this is easier said than done, I know. It may take a good amount of time to find out how to shut off our minds, and possibly even longer to learn how to keep it shut off. However, it is still extremely necessary.
Now is the most beautiful time we can ever experience. This moment is actually the only point in time in our reality. Time is but a measurement, a tool created by humans. Avoid moving into the past through regret. Avoid forging into the future with anxiety. Learn to establish yourself into the present moment, to feel the fulfillment that comes with it, and to love every moment no matter what.
If you wish to learn further about what I mean when I say presence, I would advise you to purchase my favorite book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It will give you all the tips, mindsets, and empowerment you need to realize your true power to dissolve your thought into nothing but the experience of now.