Being present is a reminder that we are Human Beings, not human doings. Taking time to be present with what is, provides you with an opportunity to observe rather than to rush around and do. In order to live fully, you must be present for well-being.
“In every situation there is a space between the situation and how you respond to it. And in that space, you can decide how you’re going to respond.” —Viktor Frankl
A powerful way to come back to the present moment is to take three slow deep breaths. The three deep breaths stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. This helps you to be calm in body and mind. Using your senses as you take your breathes engages you. Hear the sound of your breath coming in and going out, feel your abdomen rise as your diaphragm drops with your inhale. You can also repeat a silent phrase or look at an image, real or imagined, as you take your breathes. Your mental phrase can be as simple as “I am present.”
Try it now, take 3 slow deep breaths. What did you notice?
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” –Bill Keane
Be Present so you can focus on what is and distinguish it from the stories you associate with your past or worries about your future. Your experience of the present is informed by your past and how you look to the future, but in this moment there is a reality that is not to be missed. Acceptance of where you are is a starting point. It does not mean you passively accept a bad or destructive situation. It means you acknowledge a situation and move forward in recognition of reality. True hope comes in facing reality as it is and looking to create a better future.
The busier and more stressed you get, the more important it is to create opportunities for you to unwind and unplug in your life. These are times that allow you to be present in a relaxed unfocused state while awake. When you are able to be present with your floating thoughts, the default mode network engages and you are able to be creative and generate your greatest insights. When it comes to important decisions you need to make or delicate situations you may need to handle, being present in the moment without a hard focus on the situation can lead to your most creative decisions.
To develop ways to Be Present for well-being, contact me.
Revitalize Your Life,
Dina, Well-Being Coach
If you like this post and know others who may enjoy it, please share. If you’re not yet on my list, please sign up at HeartofWellBeing.com to receive articles twice a month.