Consciousness, Spirit, God, Source, etc. – whatever you want to call it, is always Present.
Indeed, this all pervading Universal Intelligence is only available to us in the Present moment. As such, it is no surprise that we feel most on top of our life during the hours, weeks, or months that we feel extremely Present. It’s easy to do our job and we are passionately invested in our Service. It’s easy to be a spouse or a parent, we love our family and can usually find a way to express Compassion. Everything simply flows in our lives when we feel more here and in the now of it!
At the same time, how often do we find ourselves zoning out or rushing through Life, missing out on right in front of us?
We want to be Present, but for whatever reason some moments seem easier to slip into than others. Having Clarity entails understanding that every moment spent is either being actively engaged in life or lost dazed, and confused. This perspective goes a long way! By constantly reminding ourselves to take advantage of the moment, we can take the first basic step towards seeing just how Consciousness is moving through our life. Otherwise, we simply glaze over and miss out on all the opportunities!
It doesn’t matter where you are; work, home, driving, sitting, standing, talking, breathing… it’s all the same. Every single one of these experiences will reward you for Being more Present! The type of Presence you bring to the table will of course vary, and that’s sort of the point!
Say you are at work and a distressed co-worker comes to your desk and begins rattling off all of the fine details of their disaster of a weekend:
How do you respond?
Are you Being Present, listening to what they are saying fully, without necessarily thinking of a response that will quiet them or get them to leave?
When uncomfortable or even downright challenging situations occur, perhaps the best thing we can do is breathe and listen.
Does your co-worker actually want advice or do they just need to be heard?
Is this something that happens commonly and if so, does a boundary need to be drawn?
How is the Present moment calling you to be, here and now?
In this common situation, I find that people often just want to be heard. We deserve to be heard, so long as boundaries aren’t crossed and Clarity in the relationship is established. You see, as we get more and more Present with what each moment is calling us to Be, solutions naturally unfold. Perhaps this verbal vomiting of your co-worker is a constant, disruptive pattern that is affecting your work. But now as you Breath and are fully Present with this exchange, you understand how you need to reorient the relationship. Of course, Compassion and kind words are the way to do this.
Alternatively, maybe you find yourself for the first time actually hearing and feeling into everything that person is saying. Maybe you feel that you could lean more into empathy, asking reflection questions, and helping them integrate this experience. Whichever the reality is, being Present with the Consciousness of the moment will manifest natural, flowing solutions (solutions that bring more Peace to you and others).
Now, being Present is not all about ‘thinking thinking thinking.’ It’s not about forcing moments of significance or even trying particularly hard. It’s actually ‘letting go’ action which is absolutely a practice. Letting go of expectations – what we thing it should look like – is absolutely a practice. Give yourself grace as you begin enacting this new perspective strategy.
Pretty quickly, this state of neutral acceptance becomes much more of a relaxation rather than a ‘try try try.’ As much as we want the art Presence to be another task on our list of things to accomplish, it’s not. I see this pattern pretty consistently, as one of my primary responsibilities as a Chiropractor is to help my clients relax back into their breath. A lot of us, myself included, have trouble settling into Presence because our brain is firing so fast all the time.
Literally, we can get stuck in our heads! With tight shoulders, clenched jaws, and locked upper neck regions, this ‘thinking thinking thinking’ state of being is absolutely reflected by the Nervous System. It feels as though the head and brain are disconnected from the rest of the body. The front neck muscles are tight and inflamed. The breath is locked in the upper lobes of the lungs. The upper cervical region (where the base of the cranium meets the neck) is often congested or twisted. All of this directly reflects a stressed and un-grounded state of Being.
In our stimulus, technology-driven society, it is no wonder so many people need to be reminded to take a few Conscious breaths (again myself included!). This is why we always start off the adjustment with light touch and “breath-coaching.” We use the breath as a messenger of awareness between the brain and the body. Doing so gets the person’s Mind to begin slowing down and the Body to open. Our care aims to provide the right nerve-opening stimulus, in the right place at the right time. By being really good listeners, the Shine doctors aim to facilitate inputs to reconnect the Mind-Body in real-time Consciousness!