Driving home today from my scurries of errands around town, I ended up behind a car with a bumpersticker that caught my eye. It said, “I’d Rather Be Here Now”. I smiled. It made me remember that being here now, is really the only place we can be. We can choose to live in the past with rose colored goggles of our memories, stuck in our pain, or still clinging to the hopes for the way we wished things were. Or we can future trip into the distance of some other time, “I’ll be happy when I reach…” (insert destination X).
Being here now involves the obvious, it involves presence.
Presence of mind, presence in our minds.
The timing of things in life always blows my mind, the fact that I synchronistically saw that bumpersticker after I finished a 14 day practice of what my life coach calls “Hearts Desire”. Hearts Desire is a practice of asking yourself, as you wake up in the morning, what it is that your heart really wants for that day. It’s a feeling released by your heart in the moment before the Ego of our brains has an opportunity to take over. This is what the practice of mindfulness is all about. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. It can be developed through the practice of meditation or yoga, but versus a rigorous study to something, I’d like to offer a few simple daily tasks that can bring more mindfulness and more peace to your day.
Spend an extra five minutes in bed or in the shower. Allow your body to wake up slowly, let it rest and breathe into the early waking states of your day. This will start your day with more balance and an appreciation for what your body will do for you today.
Wear a power color. I woke up Tuesday morning and I felt I wanted to wear white. White, an inherently positive color, is associated with light, goodness, heaven, safety, brilliance, illumination, faith, beginnings, spirituality, possibility, and perfection. Interestingly, it was the day that Huffington Post published my article. What power color are you feeling?
Get out of the house and break a routine. Walk in a new place you’ve never been to and spend time just being there taking in the surroundings. Change inspires new perception, gifting an opportunity you’ve never thought about before.
Be soft. When you feel stressed or tired and feel that you “want to be loved”, wear soft comfortable clothes. They may just be articles of clothing, but they have the ability to snuggle your body and treat you with soft compassion.
Listen to music. This one is my personal favorite. Music is an amazing tool to facilitate shifts in brainwave states producing reduced anxiety and blood pressure and increasing mood and mental alertness. Do you ever notice how various types of music can make you feel motivated, happy, sad, relaxed, or at peace? Music is wonderful medicine and way to bring you into the present.
Be here now. Being present is a simple practice; a free gift available to you everyday.