by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
It is the holiday season. We have a checklist of things to do and not enough hours in the day (week, month) to actually get it all done.
How often are you physically doing something in the moment, yet your mind is already somewhere else…. three steps ahead of you… thinking about what you will say in your next meeting, what you will do after work or even what’s for dinner? …completely ignoring the present moment you are missing!?
Most of us don’t undertake our thoughts in awareness. Rather, our thoughts control us. I have noticed on more than one occasion (just this week), someone has been talking to me and I catch myself not listening to them, but listening to that inner voice of mine, running through the day’s checklist! This would leave me confused, unfocused and even more scattered.
While we may think we are multi-tasking, we are actually undermining our entire foundation of thought and reason. Multi-tasking is not the enemy here. Multi-tasking only requires that you can do several things at once, but with a laser focus on the one task at hand. If done correctly, you give your full awareness to your job and then, move on to the next.
Being present in the moment, allows you to honor that moment, giving it full attention and then, be present in the next moment.
“Being present” is learning to “rest in stillness”. Essentially, to stop “doing” and focus on just being in that moment. We need to live more in the moment. Living in the moment, which is also called mindfulness, is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present.
Consider these 5 suggestions for being more present in your life:
Raise your awareness
1. Life is in the present moment. How often are you physically doing something in the moment, yet your mind is already somewhere else? Laser focus on the present moment before you. Whether it is listening to a conversation, writing a proposal or creating a shopping list, raising your awareness in regards to the present moment, will help you to “pay attention” to the job in front of you. This is an actual practice that you constantly need to pay attention to and give service towards. It can be very easy to let your mind wander, but by raising your awareness of the present moment, your attention can remain where it should be.
Raise awareness by raising your vibration
2. Mindfulness reduces stress, boosts immune function, reduces chronic pain, lowers blood pressure, and helps us cope with every situation. Raising your vibration entails one simple task. Spend a few minutes a day actively focusing on living in the moment. Vibrational medicine, which validates that everything in the Universe is in a state of vibration, explains the frequency at which an object or person most naturally vibrates is called “resonance”. Energy medicine is based on the idea that all illness or dis-ease is characterized by blockage in the channels on some level, either in the nadis, meridians, arteries, veins, or nerves. When there is a blockage, the organ in question stops vibrating or resonating at a healthy frequency. Therefore, it results in some kind of dysfunction. That is what happens when our mind wanders. We block the natural resonance in order to vibrate at a higher(and stronger) frequency.
Engage you higher resonance
3. Mindfulness is the act of being fully aware of what happens in each moment. In a mindfulness meditation, you remain alert, allowing thoughts to rise to the surface, being aware of them without judging them or interpreting their contents. You then simply say the word “thinking” when thoughts arise. You’ll find that without your attachment to these thoughts, they won’t remain around long. To sharpen the focus of your meditation, you can label your thoughts, future, past, planning, fantasy, worrying…as they pass through and then release them. This actually shows you how you are staying focused on that moment that comes up. This act of focus, engages your mind in the present and engages your higher awareness or resonance. You are literally “vibrating” at a higher state of consciousness.
Rediscover the ability to trust
4. More often than not, one of the main reasons our mind wanders is because we are fearful. Fearful we will forget something, not be fully prepared or do less than our best. This undermines our self-trust. It is sending a message to our brains that we will fail. It creates a pattern in our mind that perhaps we will not get everything done according to what we think should be the norm or to loose what we are trying to hold on to. Mindfulness in the moment, shows our brain that we are willing to trust the process and feel supported, empowered and secure. Trust is an important aspect of staying focused, mindful and present
Living in the moment helps you focus on the present
5. By clearing out the road blocks in and around you, you are more able to be present and at your optimum for seeing just what is in front of you. Your ability to be more receptive will be recognized. Your insight and awareness of your surroundings will be more open and inviting and your mind and its resources will be mentally available to honor and accept your present moment with grace and humility. The more you practice this task, the more present you will become.
About the Author
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac is a licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist with a full time practice in New York City and the author of “The Crystal Light Crystal Therapy Course” and “What’s Your Heart Telling You? Finding Love and Romance – The Workbook and Journal.” Andrew specializes in rejuvenating therapies based in the ancient Chinese Medical approach to Endocrinology, Gynecology and Pain Management. His knowledge, expertise and clinical training has offered him the ability to experience and continually learn about the body and its energy system in health as well as in disease. Discover more about Andrew, his practice and his life’s work at https://www.peacefulmind.com and http://www.proacumed.com