How to be present in your every day life~
The act of being present helps us slow down our brainwaves to the alpha state, this is one of the ways we can operate in a more meditative state where we are more productive and creative. Just the act of being present puts your brain in coherence between the four regions and helps it run more efficiently.
And remember my talk about the wave and particle and how when we can operate in the wave we seem to be very productive? Being in the wave is associated with the slower brain waves of alpha and theta. There fore being present will help us be in the wave 🙂
Its hard to practice presence even in a meditation or a yoga class — how do we take this being present mindset into our busy and active days?
Be with what you are doing.
Remember the old buddhist saying?
“Chop wood and carry water” When you chop the wood, just think about chopping the wood while you chop the wood … kinda gets boring … how about; While carrying water think about how your muscles need to support your body while you carry the weight of the water, how strong you are and how fortunate you are to be able to do this!
Remember last week how I mentioned in the alpha and theta brain waves we are more productive? Here is a little example for me — and this is just one of many ways we could be more productive using our brain waves:
This first story is about how the universe became more productive for me when I aligned my consciousness with the present:
Cane Spiders and Geckos … We have both here and geckos love to eat cane spiders 🙂 (this is good!). One night I am in the tub and I see remnants of a mostly eaten cane spider left over up high on the wall close to the ceiling … as usual my mind starts to wonder how am I going to get up there can clean that now? Its another “thing” I have to do… Then I caught myself —
There I go again thinking about what I have to do and not just enjoying the bathtub!
So I slip into my breathing and meditative mind for a bit … focusing on detoxing and relaxing and enjoying my bath.
I open my eyes several minutes later and something up near the dead spider is moving … I look … it’s a roach eating it.
Thank you Universe!
Chopping coconuts … When I practice being with the axe and the coconut I get a clean swipe right where I was aiming all the way through. When I am distracted when I’m trying to open the coco it takes me several swings and I only get half way through then have to flip it over and whack it from the other side.
Another example: when I am getting acupuncture, if I put my mind and thoughts into the needle as it is being inserted and moved around my chinese doctors can feel it almost as a little zing in the needle.
Here’s your experiment; In our class today see if you can just be with your breath — don’t think about performance or I did this right – I did that right – blah blah
Just think about your breath with each movement and pose.
My guess is you will have one of your best practices ever.
Try to keep your mind focused around what you are doing and see how much more productive you are. This is easier if you start your day off in a meditative state!
When we run around our days “busy” and looking at our chores as one more thing to mark off “done” we are supporting the aging process in the body! It literally drains your brain, your nervous system, and your body … Where as if we can slip into the alpha and theta states throughout our day we slow down the aging process … this is a fountain of youth of types!
This was hardest for me during my child rearing years … as a mom with also a thriving career our plates can get a little full … there’s just so much to do in a day ! If you can truly grab a hold of the present moment not only will you be more productive, you’ll also be able to give your children the gift of your presence … even if only for 15 minutes you can step into their world and play and be engaged is a very rewarding experience
I have found this with my youngest grand daughter …. wish I had more of it when my kids were young!
First thing upon waking ~ try to stay in your dreamy state, do a few stretches (below), then sit up and meditate for 18 breath slow breaths.
More on this in this blog.
- Upon first awakening I lie in bed in Supta samasthitihi and get a hold of my breath
- With an inhale I lengthen my right leg beyond my left. Exhale here
- with the next inhale while I hold the length in my right leg I stretch my right arm up and over head lengthening my right waist and stretching the whole side of my body – hold for 3-5 breaths
- Re. L – This little stretch wakes up your nervous system and prepares your nerves for a calm day …
- moving and breathing gentle spinal twists
These are the movements I find helpful. What movements would feel good to you upon awakening?
Another way : Appreciation of beauty and excellence in little leaves — take a maple leaf for instance. Have you ever looked at how strong and sturdy a maple tree can make a maple leaf?
Talk to trees
When you are outside – notice the plants around you. Even in winter notice how the trees behave in winter differently. Are there any birds in the sky?
Think “thanks” and gratitude about what you are doing in this exact moment.
When walking do EFT tapping or walking and breathing “meditations”
Pay attention to your thoughts — analyze what you are thinking while you are driving, washing dishes, taking a bath/shower … Just pick one or two of these areas — I started with dishes as being a foodie and loving to cook there are always dishes … Try to make it a habit ~ every time you do dishes (or whatever chore you chose) see if you can get a grip on your thoughts and direct them toward a theta state. Ways I have done this ….
Honestly paying attention to washing the dishes when I’m washing the dishes is a little boring. The old buddhist way of being with the dish hasn’t quite grabbed me …
Maybe this is why we have songs like …
This is the way we wash our clothes, wash our clothes, wash our clothes
This is the way we wash our clothes so early in the morning ….
For me~ when I want to be present with washing the dishes, I get into my posture, where are my shoulders, how’s my bandhas? Is my belly just hanging out or engaged? I put my tongue on the roof of my mouth, relax my jaw, and find my breath … How slow can I take my breath? Relax my eyes, can I find the theta state where I can do dishes and lengthen my telomeres?
Being in the flow zone is being present! How can we be in our flow?
Each of us is unique and we all have different activities that encourage us into our flow state, what do you think some of the ways you get into the flow state are?
More on this in our next talk/blog.
Breath for being present — whether you are becoming present for a meditation practice or doing the dishes — here is a nice way to “clear your mind space” so you can be present no matter what you are doing:
Resurrection Breath (taken from Dr. Joe Tatta podcast with Lisa Pearson)
- Inhale through nose – Turn head L and do a HA HA through the mouth
- Blow/push away the past.
- “haha” is about what did happen in the past 😉
- Inhale turn head center
- Exhale turn head R and purse or round lips and exhale slowing
- blowing away the future
- blowing away worries
- blowing away thoughts about what could happen
- Inhale center
- Exhale to anjali mudra (balance)
Set your intention to be present – and go on with what you are doing.