I have been caught in the spokes of trying to predict an outcome or caught up in a story that happened years ago, and I hated feeling that way. Choosing to live with a present mind can be such an empowering feeling. We don’t have to be anxious, sad, angry or miserable as I believe we have a choice.
Have you ever played a particular event over and over in your head feeling every bit of pain, every emotion and even added some new reactions in there to spice up the story in your head? Ever sat down and started thinking about a sad time in your life and relived that moment as though it was yesterday? I know I have, and it can be very debilitating. It can make you feel as though you are going around in circles or stuck in the vicious cycle with a constant dull, heavy feeling. If we only lived for 10 seconds, how can any of these stories exist right?
I chose to operate in a different space and haven’t looked back or forward, just NOW. I went on a whirlwind trip to India, picked up every book I could lay my hands on and turn up to workshops, a ten-day silent meditation retreat and even found myself at a Pagan gathering. All in search of a different way of operating and breaking reoccurring patterns that held me in my current cage. Some of what I experienced was life changing and other stuff I took with me what felt right at the time.
As we are always evolving with how we live, what worked for me 15 years ago maybe won’t now. I have managed to simplify the processes I have learnt to become more present in my everyday life and found what works. What works for me, may not for you, but I thought I would share some of the things that I use to help my mind
What I use every day :
Setting my Intention
The first 5 minutes of my day before I even get out of bed I close my eyes and visualise myself creating an amazing day. I chose a mantra to say while allowing my breath to settle my mind. One of my favourite mantras is “What else is possible for me today?”
The first mindful routine I practice for the day is at breakfast time. While making and eating my breakfast, I try not to think of anything else only what is right in front of me. It has an amazing calming effect and genuinely sets my mood for the day. I love tasting every mouthful of food that I experience, you truly start to appreciate how amazing the produce is, and you develop a different relationship with your food.
One of the things I love about meditation is it doesn’t have to take long, and you don’t have to be a Buddhist Monk to do it( although I would love to ) There are many types of meditation, but one of my favourites would have to be “ Expansion” I walk out into my yard and with bare feet I sink my toes into the grass. With every breath out, I imagine my energy expanding all way. Into the earth, up to the sun and out to all corners of the yard. Once I reach the yard, I expand it to the edge of Australia, the world and then the atmosphere. It makes me feel as though I can conquer anything I choose.
Do you have certain routines you use to live with a Present mind? I would love to hear about what works for you.