Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Especially in this busy world it can be hard to feel grounded enough to really show up in the present. There's always something happening in the future that needs to be planned, and the past can seem to haunt you.
Presence is so powerful when you find it-- the friend who is genuinely engaged in the conversation, the doctor who really listens to your questions, the professor who is really excited about what he's teaching.
It's so magical because, though we say there's nothing more important than the present, do we actually live that way?
Here are four tips to help find peace and presence in the chaos:
Center yourself on your breath throughout the day. This is a basic meditation technique that puts you in tune with your body and slows you down.
2. Ground yourself.
If you are standing, mentally imagine all your weight in your feet, secured down to the center of the earth. If you are sitting or lying down, do the same visualization except with the body parts that are supporting your body. This technique is wonderful because it brings you out of your head and back into your body.
3. In conversation, engage as if they are the most important person in the world.
As funny as that sounds, it speaks volumes. A person can go from having a mediocre day to a wonderful one because you were willing to really be there with them. Even if what they are saying is seemingly unimportant, remember that all we really want is to be seen and heard. Sometimes that means more than an "I love you" because it requires us to actually show up.
4. Get off your phone!
Try once today, when you're standing in line or waiting for something to just sit with your breath in the moment. Allow yourself to notice everything around you and know that nothing else matters. You don't have to do this all day of course, but try for ten minutes to just sit with yourself, and see what you find.
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