Updated: May 16, 2020
You know that question when you are asked to choose to give only one advice, the one that can change lives drastically creating marvellous shiny enlightenment sparkles?
We might not be able to rise into the air in lotus position as yogis, but let´s say we can get quite close with this lifestyle tip.
Choosing only one thing for a fundamental life satisfying advice might be quite hard and might even sound quite ridiculous. How can our lives change from only one single advice? Is it even possible?
Those were the questions I asked myself too.
Actually, I do not believe there is only one advice and one tip for navigating it all, but I believe this one is extremely powerful and can play as a big benefit in any life area:
“REMEMBER TO BE PRESENT."
Try to read it few more times. Really, just try. Do you feel how somehow, magically everything else fits into these four beautiful words?
I encourage you to do a fun activity - check the responses what other people give to you when you bring this advice up.
Be prepared, because most of them might start giving you weird glances. They probably will roll their eyeballs or look seriously confused replying, - “What do you mean? I am present!"
Some of them even add more spices, - "Just to make it more clear to you, I am present here with you, because I am HERE with you, being alive”.
Others will change the topic, some might even get quite nasty (hello, human ego).
You see, there is this fun paradox in life:
Simple words have a tendency to annoy people. Kaboom!
We often believe that living in present and existing is the same as being present, but in truth that is absolutely NOT the same concept.
We definitely need to live in present, not the past or the future. We need to learn from the past and create our goals, but being in the presence is the key to it all. Yet, we can still say we live in the presence, but we quite often forget:
TO BE FULLY IN PRESENCE. TO FEEL THE PRESENCE. TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE PRESENCE.
We throw the trash to the trash bin without looking where it lands.
We leave the room with a light and remember it after few hours.
We bump into the person in the street by giving more focus to our phones.
We drive close to the beautiful deer without seeing it.
We forget even to look at the sun daily, thanking for the life it gives us.
We pass by beautiful magnificent things so many times, just because we are not present . Most importantly, we forget to even look at the small daily things.
It becomes so ordinary that we forget that ordinary is still somehow different every day. Just think about it:
- the sunset and sunrise is different daily,
- your breakfast is different, even if it is the same breakfast daily,
- you pass different people driving to the work, even if you drive at the same time daily.
We are truly often caught being involved at present without being fully present.
Sadly, by living without "being present", we become numb, cold and depressed. We compress the feelings, because we just live and drag ourselves through the day. We forget to appreciate every little moment, because it becomes our perceived image, called THE NORMS.
We call it a normal thing, but I like to call it "No Reality Mass Shit".
So, tell me, what are your norms? Just think and write few that you have daily.
Because the first step of dealing with THE NORMS, is about admitting that you have the norms. And you have these norms, because you let them be the norms.
Once you truly start seeing and feeling it, you cand turn your routine in a more satisfying imagine, every single day.
Because once you start being present, you'll start seeing lots of beauty around happening daily in every ordinary task. Once you do it, you can see new magnificent unicorn dust settling in your life. That unicorn dust is present in each small little thing you touch.
And, yes, you might be perceived crazy by appreciating the leaf. You might look a little insane smiling in the bus. You might look an absolute weirdo by saying that you love life daily, even during the hardest moments, because when you become present - you start appreciating an incredible amount of things in your life.
You start being grateful. You can start seeing good parts in the shitty parts. You can start to see growth and involvement in everything you touch.
Start that journey now, because NOW is the right time.