We are not present in our lives. Not half as much as we should be.
According to the Oxford Dictionary:
– The state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present.
– A person or thing that exists or is present in a place but not seen.**
– The impressive manner or appearance of a person
– A group of people especially soldiers or police, stationed in a particular place.
Whether it’s a break time, while in transit, or even while doing a million other things, our attention is constantly pulled away from ‘real life’ by these vibrant rectangular screens we carry and stare into.
There’s so much to do! So much to see! And it’s all just a few clicks away!
As a result, we become linked in with people who we cannot see or touch; events we cannot hear or feel. Our attention is sucked away from the moment we are actually part of.
How can we manage to keep up with such diverse sensory input without ending up completely drained?
Sometimes the simplest things help.
Like taking a breath. Now.
A deep breath that inflates your lungs – completely, mindfully.
Do it once more, and really feel the oxygen flood in, energising your body.
Breathing keeps us alive. Why aren’t we more aware of how we go about it?
With this immediate awareness, it’s probably a good time to reflect on where you are, what you are doing right this second. Should you step outside of your body, what would you see? What do you like, or dislike, about this scene?
If you are able to make any alteration, what would you change?
It’s now an inevitable part of modern life to occupy multiple spaces everyday, virtual or real. But our consciousness is not yet evolved to be constantly split across time and space – and we get lost.
So it’s essential, every now and then, to take a breath, and tune in to your physical being in the world. Acknowledge it. Feel thankful for it. Gift yourself permission, for a moment, to just be.
It’s empowering to remember that you can change what you are doing, and that the next moment to come is still full of possibility.
**Ironically I have clearly not been present on this blog, in any sense of the word, for almost a year. But I am focussed on changing that, and sharing more. Not only to clarify my own thoughts, but in hope that perhaps it will spark some idea that has been dormant in you. If we can each bring more ideas to life, we would be living in a more ideal world. Wouldn’t that be nice!