Being Fully Present
When we are fully present, we offer our whole selves to whatever it is that we are doing. Our attention, our integrity, and our energy are all focused in the moment and on the task at hand.
This is a powerful experience, and when we are in this state, we feel completely alive and invigorated.
This kind of aliveness comes easily when we are absorbed in work or play that we love, but it is available to us in every moment, and we can learn to summon it regardless of what we are doing.
Even tasks or jobs we don't enjoy can become infused with the light of being present. The more present we are, the more meaningful our entire lives become.
Next time you find yourself fully engaged in the moment, whether you are making art, trying to solve an interesting puzzle, or talking to your best friend, you may want to take a moment to notice how you feel.
You may observe that you are not thinking about what you need to do next, your body feels like it's pleasantly humming, or your brain feels tingly.
As you enjoy the feeling of being located entirely in the present moment, you can inform yourself that you may try to recall this feeling later.
You might try this while driving home or getting ready for bed, allowing yourself to be just as engaged in that experience as you were in the earlier one.
The more we draw ourselves into the present moment, the more we honor the gift of our lives, and the more we honor the people around us.
When we are fully present, we give and receive aliveness in equal measure.
For today, try to be fully present in your daily activities and watch a new reality open for you.
I received this from an email. It'll be great if we can learn to practise presence in short intervals during our work hours, waiting in queues or journey, during commercials, or even in the toilet!
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This is a nice contribution, I want to share my reflections and experiences too!
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“Sariputra, if there are people who have already made the vow, who now make the vow, or who are about to make the vow, ‘I desire to be born in Amitabha’s country,’ these people, whether born in the past, now being born, or to be born in the future, all will irreversibly attain to anuttarasamyaksambodhi. Therefore, Sariputra, all good men and good women, if they are among those who have faith, should make the vow, ‘I will be born in that country.’”
~ Amitabha Sutra
When I obtain the Buddhahood, any being of the boundless and inconceivable Buddha-worlds of the ten quarters whose body if be touched by the rays of my splendour should not make his body and mind gentle and peaceful, in such a state that he is far more sublime than the gods and men, then may I not attain the enlightenment.
~ Amitabha Buddha's Thirty-Third Vow