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Power in Presence
You may have heard the phrase: live in the present moment. But what does that really mean? How can we create power in presence if we can’t live in the moment? Well, we know what it feels like to be scattered, stressed, anxious, or depressed. Living in these states is the opposite of being present. It’s said that anxiety is caused by worrying about the future, depression is fed by worrying about the past, and worrying is about wishing for what you don’t want. That’s all pretty heavy! And very true!
There is power in your presence.
So what do you want? How about starting with stillness – a sense of calm to wash away the tension and disease. If we introduce stillness and more peace, calm can enter. My favorite quote by Deepak Chopra, MD, author and founder of The Chopra Foundation is: ‘Every cell in your body is eavesdropping on every thought you think.’ What are you telling your body every day, every moment?
We start with breath and focus.
I’m pretty confident that we all are looking for happiness and contentment in our daily lives. When we choose to step off the hamster wheel and turn off the monkey mind, we can find a true sense of happiness and BE in the space to create even more. Creating from inspired action rather than force.
I often call meditation my magic pill. It’s a mind training tool. Just like flexing the muscle of the body in order to gain strength, health, and wellbeing, we flex the muscle of the mind to create stillness, calmness, and clarity. It’s about coming back to the basics to calm your mind, connect to the presence of your breath, and heal, grow, and expand your mind, body, and spirit.
There is a correlation between how you breathe and your emotional state. You cannot be breathing deeply and calmly and experience a state of panic. The body is the vehicle of the mind – where is your mind, and how is the body expressing that state?
Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, states: ‘The real practice in meditation is living your life as if it really matters moment by moment.’ How are you experiencing your life, day by day, moment by moment? Are you in gratitude for all the blessings that surround you? Or do you focus on the negative or lack? Where do you want your attention to be? You decide. It’s your choice. You have the power to create your life – in the presence of stillness.
What is mindfulness and how does it play a part with power in presence?
Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, without judgment. A study on mindfulness meditation showed a significant increase in activity in the left side of the brain’s frontal area – associated with lower anxiety and a better mood – and the participants reported more positive emotions. Enhanced immunity was reported as a result of mindfulness as well; meditators produced more antibodies in response to the flu shot than non-meditators. Meditation can make you physically happier and healthier.
Another study, of monks who spent 10,000 hours in compassion meditation, showed higher levels of gamma waves – high-frequency brain activity involved in attention, memory, and learning. This study indicated that meditation benefits accumulate over time. This is a lifestyle choice, a habit of healthy living.
Breathwork, as explained by Dr. Andrew Weil, is the only function you do voluntarily and involuntarily. It is the only function through which you can access and influence the involuntary (autonomic) nervous system, which regulates the heart, circulation, digestion, and other vital functions. We have the ability to affect our health, in a positive way, through meditative practices!
If you want to begin really living your life in the moment, enjoying the here and now, it’s time for inspired action and to begin the basics in exercising the power in presence. Through simple tools such as breathwork, guided meditation, and visualizing, you will experience the power of presence. Remember, what you put your attention on expands. We can choose where to put our attention; it takes focus, dedication, and discipline. The benefits are endless!
About the Author
Name: Dawn Gaden
Title: Licensed Counselor, International Speaker, Self-Image Expert
Bio: Dawn Gaden is the CEO of Mind Body Counseling & Coaching PLLC, Licensed Professional Counselor, yoga teacher, mindset expert and self-image coach, international speaker, and 3x best-selling author. Dawn is a powerhouse in the field of personal empowerment. She is internationally known for igniting positive change.
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