It’s just here and now. There is awareness and all experience is in the now. We already know this. If we simply stop ignoring the present, the world opens up. Be aware. Be present. Observe the mind without judgment or analysis. Put attention in the body. Be patient. Be present with that which is already present: sounds, sights, tastes, smells, and touch. You are present when there is no time-delay between a perception and sensation.
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And as you become more and more aware, and less and less caught up in mental concepts, old stuff will come up. The past, conditioning, old hurts, fear, anxiety–for this find a release method that resonates with you. The release methods I’ve described in here, or the Sedona method, or EFT, or metta meditation, volunteer, community…any one of these which resonates will do.
And that’s it. You will discover everything else on your own. There is absolutely no need for the complicated movements of self-improvement, spirituality, religion, or the latest new-age fad.
There is no need to understand or know more, for it is not possible for the mind to understand presence. The mind is in the past or the future. Trying to understand is an obstacle. Trying to be present is an obstacle.
Is your world full of fear and sadness? Think back over your life. How many joyful days have you had? Truly, honestly—nobody else has to know, just be radically honest with yourself, and ask how many joyful days have you had?
Are you on a ‘spiritual’ path? Ask yourself if your spirituality or religion has made you really feel more joyful, lighter and easier?
In our honest moments we are able to admit that life hasn’t been a charm, and most of us conclude that this is just the way it is.
There is another possibility, and it’s utterly simple. Living is quite simple when you get down to it. Living is right here, right now, in awareness, without thinking. Be present. When we are actually living, Life takes on a new color. Stuff happens in life; good stuff and bad stuff– when we are living at ease, we naturally attract more good stuff. The world opens up. The world is no longer full of fear and sadness.
Here’s what Eckhart Tolle says about this:
Stay fully present in the now—your whole life unfolds here. In the now there is joy of Being and deep peace.
Be present as the watcher of the mind.
Just observe and feel—do not judge anything.
Do not wish the present moment to be different from what it is.
Make it a habit to feel your body from inside as often as possible. The body is always in the present.
Don’t believe this, try it!
And here’s what Leonard Jacobson says:
First deepen into Presence by choosing to be present. It requires a gentle remembering. Just bring yourself present with that which is present. I speak of this in detail in my books.
Secondly, learn to own and accept all those aspects of yourself which previously you have been denying, repressing or judging. This too is a gentle process, which becomes possible only after you have begun to experience the present moment at a deeper level.
It is so very simple.