I know we are bombarded with teachings about practising “being present” which is indeed a practice, still, I have found it is not easy to apply when a stressful event arises and yet, that is exactly when I need it.
I have realised that when an unexpected stress comes into my life or if I feel I cannot move through an issue, I always have a choice where my mind travels. If it is in the past, I can have thoughts of judgement, or relive a familiar pattern, or think I know the outcome. If it is in the future, I can have thoughts of fear or “what if” scenarios or feeling overwhelmed with what can happen.
Because no one moment is ever the same, anything can happen. Anything can change and anything is possible. Understanding what I need to do and how to react, can only happen when I really feel what I am experiencing in that moment, good or bad. Attaching my feelings to any sort of outcome or familiarity, leads me out of the present and into stress or fear.
I have been watching where my mind and thoughts go when I am under stress and when I become present, accepting what is, I find I do not have any fear, or worry about what has been, because I realise I do not know what may be next and that anything can move if I allow it.
Understanding and practising this mind shift and allowing myself “to be” present to all that is, aware and awake, I find I have more clarity and I know what to do. When my mind is busy with the future or the past, I do not receive my answers. Love and healing are available to us in presence.
“The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with “what is”, when our mind is perfectly clear and present, “what is” is what we want.” – Byron Katie