People in the Western World find it difficult to just relax and be present. If not focused on a duty, the mind tends to wander between the past and the future or keep busy judging what is. The “thinking device” is so much in use, that the mental chatter easily keeps you from experiencing what is going on here and now with all senses. Being present is feeling alive, life happens now, not tomorrow or yesterday. The biggest ideas tend to appear in moments when we take a break, relax and let go. Creativity happens in the space between the thoughts, “when Einstein takes a walk”.
How to become more present:
1. Walking Meditation: Take a walk for 5 or 10 minutes around the block. Focus on how the air streams into your system. Feel fresh air filling up your lungs and silently say “breathe”. As you exhale feel the sensation when the air streams slowly out of your nostrils. Silently say “smile”. 5 or 10 minutes is enough.
2. Observe the mental chatter: By becoming aware of the mental chatter you become the observer, identify less with the thinking process. This creates a healthy distance to realize that you are not your mental chatter.
3. Rituals: Introduce easy meditation rituals, such as sitting in front of a candle at morning and at night just for 5 minutes, autogenetic training or other simple relaxation exercises. Please feel free to contact me if you need further details.
4. Stimulate the senses: have some incense sticks at home, a perfumed candle or an essential oil lamp with calming oils and light them eventually.
5. Get a reminder:
My husband and I created a sweet gift idea, that actually came to him in a dream: The intention of the OMLOVE™ pendants is to remind you to take a break from thinking to just being. Become aware of what is right here, right now. The design combines the symbol OM, that stands for the universal vibration Om or Aum (translated into Amen) with the heart symbol.
If you live in a stressful environment, experience nervousness or have a hard time to unwind, check it out!
You may feel resistance at the beginning, but this is just your ego mind trying to stay in control.
So smile and experiment anyway!