I talked the other day about what being present means and why it is important. I’m going to reveal to you some strategies from becoming more aware in a day to day basis.
To be able to hold any value in the this post though, you need to go back and read part 1/2 before you read this. For the context 😛
The main purpose in all these techniques is to break from your subconscious patterns throughout the day. The goal is not to get rid of all your subconscious patterns (which is impossible lol) but to become conscious of your actions and thoughts – to create the subconscious patterns you desire.
The reason being is the subconscious part of your brain is an extremely powerful tool.
But if you dont become aware of your thoughts, there is no way to break from limiting patterns of thought and to create empowering ones in your subconscious.
The other main reason is to see the true value and beauty of everything around you. This is simply because – How can you experience something when your conscious mind is not “in that moment” and is lost in thought?
Its an easy way to bring more enjoyment into your life!
So, down to business!
The first way is to “re-experience” common tasks
For any task that you do repeatedly – “experience it like you’ve never done it before.” This will activate your conscious mind by looking for details that you’ve never seen before.
An example of this is when your driving to work, notice and look for specific objects around you. You’ll quickly be shocked at how many things that you “haven’t seen before”!
Your eyes saw them, but your mind did not because you were operating from your subconscious mind.
The second way to be more present is by meditation.
More specifically is Vipassana meditations. It makes you focus and “anchor” your attention on certain things like your breath to force yourself to be present.
It teaches you not to “stop thinking” or to clear your head of thoughts, but to recognize when you are thinking and to stay present. Because you CAN be present while thinking and visualizing but most of us “lose ourself” in the story line – which is what we want to avoid.
Here’s a really great Vipassana meditation that you can use.
This is a wonderful start to becoming more present and to bring more joy into your life!
Have you ever felt like reality is a little “fuzzy” sometimes?
Or, have you ever driven to work one day, and almost didn’t even remember your drive?
Well chances are you weren’t present. You weren’t consciously aware of what was going on around you, and you were running on your subconscious patterns. Which can be helpful when you used properly, but for most people ->
This is not a good thing!
I’m going to reveal the answer to why, and how you can change that for yourself by the end of this post 🙂
First off, we need to figure out what “being present” means. To be aware – or present – it means that you are not “lost” in your thoughts or actions. Being “lost” simply is saying that you are not fully aware of the things happening in your mind or around you.
If you are not consciously present then how are you managing to work or even drive?
Easy. When you do something over and over again it becomes a habit. Ands habits are drilled into your subconscious – meaning – you can do them when your not consciously paying attention to them.
Like moving your arm. Its almost impossible to consciously and individually flex the muscles in your arm to move it. Thats because you’ve done it so much that you dont have to think about it anymore. Just like driving to work.
Theres a big problem with that.
If you ONLY run on subconscious patterns you can’t move forward or progress. In anything. If you are not aware of whats going on around you how can you expect to change it. And this is unfortunately how 99% of people run their lives.
I’ll explain it like this. Imagine standing in a room and your body feels like its almost on fire. Your skin is blistering, and sweat pours down your face, but you can’t tell what is it because the lights are off in the room.Its not until you “turn on the lights” you see that your standing directly beside a furnace – lol.
You have to “turn on the lights” to see the problem
Its not until you become consciously aware of your surroundings – how your acting and thinking – that you’ll see the problem. You can feel the pain, but its not until you “turn on the lights” per se that you can see the problem and change it.
I had a buddy of mine, Kam, once simply say, “Awareness creates choice”. And hes right.
I used to live with one of my buddies for a few months. He was an awesome friend of mine (still is). His name was Dan, and we lived in a house together in the city. Everything was going great! But after a while things started to turn sour between us… we’d get in fights, argue, wouldn’t hang out as much – It was painful! I ended up getting kick out… and it hurt. A LOT.
But I had no idea why.
It wasn’t until that I lived with a few other friends, about a year later that I started to see why… I hadn’t changed my behaviour from how I lived with Dan and they ended up sitting me down for a chat. They basically told me that I’m a mess. I didn’t pick up after myself, and that I needed to do more of my part around the house.
I literally had no IDEA. But in the moment a light buld lit up in my head. I had the power now. Because I was now aware of why I was causing that problem, so now I had a choice!
And that is the ultimate power!
Tomorrow i’m going to show you exactly how you can begin to become more aware and present in your day to day life! 🙂