Being Present

To live fully is to let go and die with each passing moment,
and to be reborn in each new one.

Jack Kornfield

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening
when you’d have preferred to talk.
Doug Larson

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware,
joyously, serenely, divinely aware.

Henry Miller

For after all, the best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Being present is to understand where I am. What is it that I am being present to?

In religious and mystical traditions, being present is the first step in the contemplation of the infinite. One must quite one’s mind, still one’s thoughts, surrender to the “first mover” in order to be able to connect with the primal energy of the cosmos…with what IS. This connection is the foundation of one’s identity.

Science also has much to teach us about the primacy of being present. Dr. Sid Liebes, a physicist at HP Labs, says that scientific disciplines deal with ‘what is’ at the most basic level the human mind is capable of comprehending:  “Matter and energy have no alternative to being what they are, to ‘accepting what is,’ and to ‘paying attention’ to their environment in that they are unceasingly obliged to receive and to acknowledge whatever input comes their way.”

To further explore these two viewpoints on “being present”, click on the videos below.

A visual meditation on what it means to be present from a personal perspective.

A video on what is means to be present from an evolutionary perspective.

Exercise: Being present to another

In our day-to-day lives, we can forget to be present even to those we care about most. This week, think of a person close to you, and then make an appointment to get together. Be sure to choose a time and place when you know you’ll be able to give the person your full attention. Make it your objective to be fully present to the person…to listen as perhaps you have never listened before.

Exercise: Being present to ourselves

A simple exercise from one of Eckhart Tolle’s books. It is designed to help us develop our “observer” capacity in order to become more present, more conscious.

  1. Take a breath
  2. Wait for the first thought to appear
  3. That thought is NOT you
  4. YOU are the observer

6 Comments

  1. I love this, I can just feel what it would be like to have a conversation in this state. Imagine getting rid of the clutter of small talk. I am the President of a NFP Group called E.V.E. I intend to introduce this little exercise at the beginning of our next meeting, imagine what could be achieved if we were all truly ‘present’ and left our egos suspended.
    Thankyou.

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  2. We not only have the power to change the way we think about and perceive the world around us, we also have the responsibility to evolution to continually change and evolve to the better.
    Taking no action does not avoid the responsiblity. It’s only slows the change.
    As a species we dominate our enviroment, we have power beyond belief over our world.
    With that great power comes great responsibility.
    Let’s just help each other make it better.
    Because after all we are in it together like it or not..
    We the people have the power to change our world.
    We the people have the responsibility to make it better for everyone and put an end to out dated systems that only bring war and poverty.
    There is no scarcity on this abundant world, we have the technology to produce everything we need at little or no cost.to the enviroment..
    The illusion of money is the first great challenge we must over come.
    To evolve together as a species we must take responsibility as individuals.
    Being present connects us to the source of our power.

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  3. We not only have the power to change the way we think about and perceive the world around us, we also have the responsibility to evolution to continually change and evolve to the better.Taking no action does not avoid the responsiblity. It’s only slows the change.As a species we dominate our enviroment, we have power beyond belief over our world.With that great power comes great responsibility.Let’s just help each other make it better.Because after all we are in it together like it or not..We the people have the power to change our world.We the people have the responsibility to make it better for everyone and put an end to out dated systems that only bring war and poverty.There is no scarcity on this abundant world, we have the technology to produce everything we need at little or no cost.to the enviroment..The illusion of money is the first great challenge we must over come.To evolve together as a species we must take responsibility as individuals.Being present connects us to the source of our power.
    +1

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  4. I fully agree with the writers before me WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO EVOLVE not just for fun…we have come to this Earth our great mother Gaia to adore and cherish and treasure her/him and we are the custodians…we ARE HERE TO APPRECIATE AND BE GRATEFUL FOR IT´S ABUNDANCE and beauty..NATURE GIVES SO LOVINGLY AND GENEROUSLY JUST LOOK AROUND YOU WHEREEVER YOU ARE AND SEE WHAT NATURE GIVES OUT FLOWERS TREES Animals insects and birds even in the desert there is life tiny flowers small bushes but life as soon as the rain falls..we cannot but smile and thank nature for all this the sky the watyers the air…how can we not want to protect her…we have all knowledge to use energy …and only let it flow in it´s abundance…we have it already..we are one BEING PRESENT BEING HERE NOW IT IS SO IT IS DONE NOW–THE POWER OF NOW (eCKART TOLLE)

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  5. TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE IT IT IS SO NOW

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