You may of heard this from time to time, but what does being present actually mean?
Eckhart Tolle wrote in his book “The Power Of Now” that “you are not your mind” and I agree.
The mind is like a broken record, spinning on repeat all day. Have you ever noticed that you think about the same subjects almost daily? Thinking about the same subjects daily might be comfortable and safe, but its destroying your creativity.
Being present turns off that annoying repeat button, and clears all thoughts from your mind. Its only whilst being present that you can boost your creativity, think back to the time when you were most creative... Were you thinking about the sports game last night?, or your waistline? Probably not, you were most likely present.
Heres a few ways you can become more present.
1: Listen to the world, (ie. your footsteps, the wind, ect.)
2: Focus on touch (the warm water while you wash your hands, a cold breeze, ect.)
3: Look at the things you don’t usually take the time to. (Take a walk in the woods and look at the trees, look at the texture of rocks ect.)
You can also use taste and smell, you could even combine two or more senses to create a deeper feeling of the present. Try stepping into the bath and feeling its dry surface, then turning on the tap and hearing the roaring sound of crashing water. Smell the soapsuds and look at the bubbles. (Don’t giggle)
Control that broken record. If you want to read more about the present check out Eckhart Tolle’s work, it’s fascinating.