Being present is a practice that I’m constantly working on.
“Be present” is a phrase that you hear often in the world of self development. I know that it’s a very cliche phrase, although I believe it is for good reason. Being present is a state and practice that not only you, but everyone whom you come into contact with will benefit from. Simply put, when you’re more present within your life, it flows with more ease. Beyond flowing with more ease, being present leads to less anxiety, more calm, more joy and allows you to really soak up the moments of your life.
When you’re walking around the world with your head stuck in the past, you’re not here now. Feelings of regret and depression are symptoms that point toward a heightened focus on past events. Be mindful of how much time your giving toward what once was. This can be a hard one for our memories and experiences of the past can often trigger deep emotions.
(Coping with difficult past emotions is a topic that I don’t want to ignore speaking too, although I feel that topic needs it’s own blog post. Coming soon.)
In all reality, as harsh as it may sound, the past is over.
If you struggle with leaving the past behind, please do your best not to burden yourself with the heavy vibe of regret. Hopefully, you can see, that you made past decisions with the mindset of who you once were, not from the perspective you have now. It’s easy to look back on a reaction or decision you made in the past and convince yourself that you “should’ve” handled things differently. Trust that you did your best in the given moment with everything that was occurring not only externally but internally as well. Don't ignore the now by dwelling on the past. It's so important for your level of well being to gently guide yourself back to what's happening now if you often find yourself looking back with a heavy heart.
On the contrary, when your head is consistently stuck in the future the symptom that you will experience is anxiety. Chronic worry usually points to a constant focus on the future. When you spend your time focusing on what (you think) is to come, you automatically take yourself out of the present. It’s one thing to plan and prepare in order to set yourself up for success, but it’s a whole other beast to fixate on details of the future to the point of worry and stress. Trusting that there’s a flow of life that's working in your favor and requires no force is a mindset that can relieve pressure. The truth is that a more organic situation has less resistance to it than a forced one. Less resistance equals more flow and ease.
Worry is truly pointless. When you come to the realization that your best choice is to keep your vibe high and positive in the present, you're on the right track.
Practicing presence helps eliminate so much noise in your life. It will allow you to feel more calm, joyful, inspired, peaceful….need I say more. All good things are to come with practicing being present.
* The above image was taken in Downtown Palm Springs.