What is awareness or the power of presence?
I think it is simply knowing that something exists in this moment.
If you look around and spot a chair or a table or a bed, then as soon as you spot it, you are aware of it. But if you look back at the computer screen, you are not aware of the chair and table.
Now the thing is – we are NOT aware of our body, our thoughts and emotions all day, are we? I am not :) I become angry, I become sad, and then I laugh – and then I keep thinking about what happened at the movie yesterday, the girl I met in the morning bla bla :) My thoughts just carry me away from here to there without me knowing at times.
Now the thing is, if we ARE aware of our body, thoughts and emotions – like if you know you are someone BEYOND that anger when you get angry, wouldn’t that be cool! You would then not be swayed and be made angry, happy or sad, by what people said about you. You would not be operated by a remote control others used, you would be peaceful. :)
Alas, there is a long way for me to go before I am really that peaceful and unaffected by external circumstances :(, but here are 2 interesting ways that have helped me be slightly more aware.
Oh yes, you’ve heard it many times – why keep thinking about the past and the future! Why not live in the present? But really, do you do that? Imagine, I am writing all this, but even I don’t, many times. :)
But I’ll tell you one interesting story.
One day, my friend in college abused and insulted me. I felt terribly angry at him. I left the room in a hurry. JUST then, I took a deep breath. And thought – only RIGHT NOW exists! And I realized that – that meant that in this moment – only the walls around me existed, my feet touching the floor existed, the color of the door I was seeing existed – the breeze caressing my face existed! Huh? The insult – and my friend’s anger did not exist any more. It was the PAST already! In this moment – I was outside my room and in the moment! Suddenly my mood changed! I became happy. There was no point holding on to what happened a few seconds ago. And I rocked suddenly in this moment! Of course the friend and I made up terribly soon. :)
Just becoming aware of the present moment shifted my perspective so much as to change my mood from boo hoo hoo to yo man! :)
Another day, a wasp was hovering near me. I felt fear. I kept having thoughts like – it can bite me...Then I thought – but it hasn’t bitten me! I am imagining the future! I mean, RIGHT NOW – there CAN BE NOTHING wrong? If it comes nearer, I will automatically handle the situation. But right now – all is well – the wasp is AWAY – why trouble myself with fearful future prospects?
Think about it – Can there be anything WRONG RIGHT NOW? RIGHT now in this very moment. Not later in the day. Right now. :) Oh man, Eckhart Tolle is cool!
Look around you. Use your senses. Hear the sounds. Touch things. Smell the air! Right here right now, life rocks eh? Yo man!
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OK, well this is something AGAIN that you have heard everywhere when you heard anything at all about awareness or de-stressing. The point is – When in the day do you notice your breath? Hmmmmm, you don’t do it right?… :)
Even I do it only rarely these days. (I really must do it often!)
Once I was in Atlanta, conducting lab experiments all day. It was hard work and I did not really like testing enzyme samples and spending all day loading test tubes. THEN suddenly, I STOPPED. I deeply breathed in the air. I observed the air going in through my nostrils. I observed it going down into my stomach causing the stomach to expand. After I had inhaled enough, I observed the pause. For an instant there was complete silence before I started exhaling away. Then I watched how the stomach contracted and the air flowed out of my nostrils.
My boredom vanished… I felt peaceful. Calm. Relaxed.
I kept doing taking 3 breaths like this many times during the day. And I felt relaxxxxed…and more aware…
So well, let’s take a deep breath together... :)
Stress relaxation techniques has 2 more pretty simple de-stressing ways. The point is – rock your day by chilling out with the power of presence. I’ll try to do that too! :)
Please tell us all, and we could try it.