Easy Ways To Become Present
Are you an adrenaline junkie? If so, this may be the article for you.
Living In The Present Moment
In this video I show you how to get into the present moment very quickly.
When It comes to skydiving from an airplane or running from a bull, there is no other way to stay alive than be forced into the present moment.
Now the reason why we feel so "alive" after doing something extraordinary, like climbing a mountain, is because we are no longer in our head.
We stop thinking about the past and future and focus on what is going on in front of us.
This is why shinrin yoku, or forest bathing, is so good for you.
It allows you to step out of your head and live within the present space.
Getting out of the present moment can be bad if you remember that the past harbors depression and the future creates anxiety.
5 Minute Approach - Focus On Your Senses
Focus on what you see around you.
Take 1 minute and just focus on what is around you.
Use only the sense of sight.
For example, if your are inside, this can be the computer in front of you.
The hands on your keyboard, the water sitting on your desk.
If you are outside If you're outside, focus on the the grass around you, the clouds in the sky, the sun creating shadows and the materials around you.
Or if you're in a city the people walking by, the cars driving around, the pavement underneath your feet.
Focus on what you can hear.
Take 1 minute and just focus on what sounds are around you or what sounds you are making.
Use only the sense of hearing.
For example, if you are inside, this can be the sound of the fan in your room or the buzzing of your refrigerator in the kitchen.
If you are outside, focus on sound of the wind makes rustling the bushes or the sound of birds chirping during the day or crickets at night.
Focus on what you can feel.
Take 1 minute and just focus on the things touching you and that you can touch yourself.
Use only the sense of touch.
For example, if you are wearing clothes, you could focus on the contact of your skin touching the clothes. Or you butt in your chair 😊
If you are outside you could feel the breeze on your face and the sun's infrared on your skin.
Focus on what you can taste.
Take 1 minute and just focus on the flavor of your mouth and the air.
Use only the sense of taste.
Maybe you can recall what you last ate.
Or if the air in your location has a certain taste, focus on that.
Focus on what you can smell.
Take 1 minute and just focus on the anything you can smell with your nose.
Use only the sense of smell.
If you have sinusitis this may be hard, so try buteyko breathing to clear your sinuses before.
Focus on what you can smell in your room or outside.
If you are outside you could possibly smell flowers or freshly cut grass.
If you are in a city you could smell exhaust or someone smoking.
Get Present In 10 Seconds
Say this "This is it."
When you say this is it, it really puts you into the state of now.
It may take some time to realize the present moment, but if you entrain your mind/body to attach the present moment to "this is it", then it is very easy to snap back into the present moment.
When you realize that there is nothing in the future and there is nothing of the past that affects you now, then you can be truly present.
There are a lot more books like this in the books section.
And since we are talking about Tolle, here is a good thread on reddit suggesting why he may be enlightened.
Thanks guys for reading and stay beautiful