Updated: Apr 22
Presence and why you should remember it
Today we have a quick reminder for you about presence, because we all need that from time to time.
Presence is the act of intense, thoughtless attention. We are present when we are able to focus on our surroundings and awareness of the body without any thoughts, judgements or analysis.
Naturally, in a state of presence we feel completely at peace because the mind is silent. Even if thoughts do arise, we are able to simply watch them.
In such a noisy, busy world it can be so easy to forget to come back to presence and be in the moment. We can get so caught up in the whirlwind of our lives that we forget we that it's even possible to come back to presence. When we remember to practise presence consistently, even just implementing a small daily dose of it, our stress levels can drop dramatically and we can use it as a tool to reground, re-centre, and relax.
Presence is at the absolute heart of the Zen Jungle roadmap. Once you have made your way through the roadmap, presence won’t just be a practise, but your inherent state of being.
But why wait till then, when you can start to find out what it’s all about now, in this very moment.
Todays daily dose of presence
Right now we invite you to bring your attention away from your thoughts and back into the body. It doesn’t matter where you are, if you are sitting, laying, standing, on the bus, in a queue, in a work break… it’ll only take a few minutes.
Do a quick body scan. Place your attention onto the feet, the ankles, up your legs, stomach, torso, down the arms and right through to the fingertips… all the way back up to your neck and face.
Be in this moment, in your body, right now. What sensations can you feel? Where are you tense? Is there anywhere in your body that you could relax? Take a moment to pay attention to the quality of your breath. Deepen the breath if needed...
What sounds can you hear? Any smells? Place your attention onto the colours and shapes surrounding your vision. If any thoughts pop up trying to label what’s around you, simply watch the thought until it floats away on its own. Do this for as long as you would like.
It can become such a habit to get caught up in the whirlwind of the mind that we often forget that we can come back to presence literally whenever, wherever.
It’s easy, you just need to remember to do it and to action it. Feel free to come back to this exercise every day whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, or better yet, to begin making it a daily habit that after a while will become second nature.
If you can start making a tiny dose of presence a daily habit, by the time you get to the roadmap, the progress you’ll make will happen fast and it will feel incredible.
Have a peaceful and present rest of your day.