Life can feel complicated. But that sense of complication is something we create within ourselves.
For me, life is complex when I'm caught up thinking, worrying, predicting, fantasizing and reliving what was, or what will be. Things feel messy when I spend time searching for answers outside of who I am, and keep myself busy trying to 'fix' things.
But when I drop back into this moment—into my body and self as I am right now—that's when my experience shifts. I can come back into feeling and being, rather than complicating the moment with thoughts.
When I come back to the present, I realise that this moment is my reality. The past doesn't exist, and neither does the future. There's nothing to chase after or figure out; and that's an uncomplicated place to be.
So what does it mean to be present, really? For me, presence is a whole-body experience. It's not just about being present intellectually, but within all parts of who we are: physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically and spiritually.
It's not just about being aware of your experience, but being vulnerable to what is shifting within you, and being willing to embody that experience fully.
So now, together, I invite you to explore this present moment with me. Here's what we're going to do:
1. Drop into your whole body and simply 'feel'. Dive deep into your body and self. What is going on for you right now? Where are you and what is happening? What is your present moment experience? What is your current reality?
2. Notice all aspects of who you are. Be aware of your thinking, your emotions and energy. Be aware of what you sense physically in your body and what is stirring in the deepest parts of who you are. Simply notice, without judgement or resistance.
3. Own and integrate all parts of your self. Welcome your present; both what feels comfortable and uncomfortable. When you can embody all parts of your self, that's when you become truly present and can participate fully and authentically in this moment.
How do you feel? What was your experience?
For me, from this place of embodiment and presence I feel clearer and more at ease. I feel at home in my body and grounded in my truth. I feel more connected to life itself, and liberated from all those things I thought were holding me back.
For me, in this moment, life feels less complicated.
Because presence is really a moment by moment practice; one that is most powerful when we carry it with us through every part of our day.
So I'd like to ask you: how complicated does your life feel right now, and how would that transform if you could be fully present in each moment?
Marissa Håkansson supports women who feel disconnected within who they are as a result of stress, burnout, anxiety or illness. She guides them to reconnect with their body and authentic self, so they can feel whole within who they are and express themselves fully.
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