You start by realizing when you are not in the right now, when you’re not existing in the present moment.
But how do you do that? (I promise this is not going to be an endless cascade of thought experiments.)
You Take a Breath
A what? A breath.
Breathing brings you back to center. It reminds you of who you are, and it does that because you can’t escape this moment when you are focusing on your breath. Now, this is not about to become a masterclass on meditation and all it’s fruitful benefits. Rather, this is about finding yourself with one simple breath.
You can do that. You can take one breath. And then another. And another. Before you know it, you’re here! You’re focusing on what’s right before you, and that’s what it takes to make any change in your life big or small. All a big change consists of is staying present long enough until it’s done. It’s not that simple of course, but it’s a beautiful way to look at it.
You Let Your Breath Turn into Something Greater
Anyone can start small. Don’t tell me that you can’t. You’re not a special edge case. We all can do this.
OK, you’ve started with the first breath of your new attitude. What happens next? You get to decide. Do you go clean some dishes, or do you file some mail? Or…do you call a friend to chat for a few minutes? It’s totally up to you, and the dizzying array of possibilities we have in a day can absolutely overwhelm us.
Luckily for you, you’ve started with a breath. You’ve centered yourself. Good decisions stem from centered thinking. Who am I right now? What do I need? Why do I need it?
When you take time to check in with yourself in the right now, you start to realize you are a tangled ball of potential, and there are clear needs that you have in order to become unraveled and head in a straight line.
You Choose Your Line and Stay on it For a While
Now that you’ve found your breath and found yourself, it’s time to find your path.
What’s great, though, is that being present is the best way to go about doing that. When you center yourself and make better decisions, a path starts to open up. Stay on that path for a while and see where it goes.
When you’re awake to the world, you start to notice things that you don’t when you’re sleepwalking through life. Living in your head won’t show you what you need to see today. Zooming to the future won’t reveal the beauty that is before you right now.
It’s only in the present moment that this can happen, and this wonderful place is absolutely available to you. Mr. Eckhart Tolle knows it. I know it. And now you now it.