The importance of being present
According to a recent Harvard study, (Killingsworth and Gilbert) up to 50% of the time humans’ thought processes are either in the past causing a plethora of emotions, or in the future, where imaginations can run riot. Of these thoughts, 80% of this brain chatter has been determined not be conducive to happiness! Training yourself to be in the present moment reduces anxiety and fear and with practice, results in the parasympathetic nervous system (pns) being activated – (rest and digest) instead of the sympathetic nervous system – (flight or fight). Being present minded is the key to staying healthy and happy. It helps you fight anxiety, cut down on your worrying and rumination, and keeps you grounded and connected to yourself and everything around you. Activating the “pns” by being present maintains the body’s healthy state.
What is being present?
“Presence” is when you’re no longer waiting for the next moment, believing that the next moment will be more fulfilling than this one.” (Ekhart Tolle) Living in the present moment is the key to developing a sense of profound bliss, love, and unity with everything in the universe, understanding that we are all connected. Being present with your mind is the most precious gift we can offer others, when mindfulness of the current moment exists with those we love, they will bloom like everlasting flowers.
How do I learn to be present?
Maintain current awareness of your thoughts, feelings, sensations, mind and spiritual health and keep bringing awareness to the present moment.
Conduct breathing exercises to bring you into the present moment.
Train your mind to what you are doing presently, not wandering into the past or future. Try not to obsess over your thoughts, simply return to the present moment.
Corrine Bowser & Anthony Lewis Churchill