Journal Exploration: The Present Moment

“Albert grunted. "Do you know what happens to lads who ask too many questions?"
Mort thought for a moment.
"No," he said eventually, "what?"
There was silence.
Then Albert straightened up and said, "Damned if I know. Probably they get answers, and serve 'em right.” 

― Terry Pratchett, Mort

Today, I'd like to ask you a question: Why do you leave the present moment? 

Is it boredom? Busyness? Habit? Avoidance? Take a moment, and really ask yourself: 

Why do I leave the present moment?

Hold time and space for your answers to come, and write them down when they do, there's likely more than one!

The idea of being present can sound a little abstract (or even a bit cliche at this point!) but the truth is, right here, in the fullness and spaciousness of this moment, is where all of your power is! It's an important place to be!

Below I’ve shared a few answers that came up for me …

Why do I leave the present moment?

Why do I leave the Present Moment?

  1. Fear of forgetting something I should be attending to. The notion that feeling peaceful means there’s probably something I should be doing or something I’ve neglected.

  2. To feel stimulated and the fear of being bored.

  3. Habit, momentum, practice.

  4. To avoid discomfort and repressed emotions that would likely rise up to be healed the longer I stay present (as they tend to do!) 

Once you have your own list, ask yourself: given these answers, what would help me to be more present?

Things that Would, Therefore, Help me Be Present

  1. Acknowledging the rightness of feeling peaceful. Trusting that I will be inspired to check what needs to be checked into and be guided to what's important.

  2. Curiosity about exploring more of the present moment’s depths and nuances (to overcome boredom).

  3. Breathing deeply, to create more space for being intentional.

  4. Honesty and resolve to face myself truly, with loving compassion, awareness, and fullness of being.

The truth is, there is so much beauty and magic for us here in the present if we can become truly available for it! 

By starting to become more aware of what draws your attention from being present, you can start to notice when it's happening, as it's happening

In this way, you'll be able to be more deliberate with your attention and where you give your energy. You'll be able to ask yourself:

"Do I want to follow that train of thought? Do I need to think about this right now?" In the spaciousness awareness creates, you can make those kinds of decisions!

If you'd like a little help with this, I invite you to listen to this weeks meditation: How are you really? and give yourself the loving time and presence you deserve here and now.

"In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted." - Bertrand Russell