I love working at Starbucks. I love the atmosphere and the feeling it gives me. I feel Freedom. I feel that I can make stuff from anywhere.
I am sitting at Starbucks with my laptop now. From time to time I stop what I am doing and just observe people around me.
I remembered this line from the Peaceful Warrior (if you haven’t watched the movie, I highly recommend it): “There is always something going on”.
There is truly always something going on. There is a couple sitting by the window lovingly looking at each other, woman at the counter is telling barista that she didn’t like the way her drink was mixed, guy in a suite with a laptop in front of me keeps checking me out, young woman with a baby is waiting in line and making faces to the baby.
There is so much going on around. And everyone is consumed by their own little worlds.
During those moments when I stop and just observe the world around me, I experience such bliss. Awareness – the rarest state ever is what comes alive during those moments.
I instantly feel peace and inner knowing that everything is fine.
Life is on my side. No matter what challenge I might be going through – that moment, that peace is always available to me. All I have to do is stop and become an observer.
What I also noticed is that the more I have those moments of complete presence and awareness, the easier things seem to become. Most tasks get done effortlessly. Solutions are found. The World seems to start realigning itself to meet my needs and desires.
I get into the state of flow. And life starts taking me where I need to go without me having to do much for it.
They say that the secret to getting what you want is to get clear on what you want and then let go and enjoy the process.
I learned this to be so true.
Just get clear and stop worrying about “how”. Stop worrying how long it’s going to take and that you might not have the resources yet, and that you have no idea of exactly what steps will take you there.
Just start doing something in that direction and be present as much as possible.
Be present seems like such an easy thing to do but in reality it is one of the most difficult things (unless you are enlightened of course. I doubt you would be reading my blog if you were).
Our mind hates presence. It lives in the future or the past, constantly worrying, analyzing, fantasizing.
Rarely Here and Now. And when it is Here and Now, it becomes restless. It starts screaming: “There is so much to do, to think about, to worry about, what are you doing Here? “
Why does being present work?
- You get closer to your spirit and you shut down your lizard brain that wants to keep you in your comfort zone.
- You allow your Higher Self to send you ideas and opportunities. Your conscious mind is not interrupting
- You get more intuitive to the flow of your life.
- You let go of your desires which allows them to manifest. Letting go works. You still want it, but you allow it to happen in a best way possible without trying to push the desired outcome.
- You become more aware. State of awareness is one of the rarest states that exist. It allows you to become conscious of what you do, think and feel. As a result you can consciously choose your thoughts, feelings and actions. That ability alone can transform your life.
How can you train your mind to be present and stay present for longer periods:
1. Meditate: Even 5 minutes of meditation a day can increase your awareness and ability to be present tremendously. Meditation stills your jumpy mind. I won’t even mention other tremendous benefits of it.
2. Focus on your senses often throughout the day: I found this simple exercise to help train the mind to be present. Consciously decide to focus on one of your senses as often as you can throughout the day.
Say to yourself: sight. Focus on what you see around you. Some time later: hearing. Focus on sounds that you hear. Then smell, touch, taste.
3. Do something new: Commit to doing one new activity a day. It doesn’t have to be something grand each time. Cook a new meal, take a new route to work, start a journal, try new restaurant, try something new in the bedroom with your partner, change a radio station you listen to in the car.
Again, do it consciously. When you consciously make a decision to do something new every day, you are much more likely to do it and have tons of ideas. New activity trains your mind to stay present because your mind gets interested by it.
Those are just some ideas to get you started.
Remember, the more aware you are and the more often your mind is in the present moment, the faster life seems to start moving you in the direction you want to go. Presence and awareness are powerful states that can create miracles in your life.
Do it consciously. Make a conscious decision to start doing it.
Are you present now?
There is so much going on around you. Stop moving through life on autopilot. Stop. Observe. Become aware. Deep breath in. Deep breath out.
Enjoy the moment.
Update: This post was written two days ago. The state of flow I experienced sitting in the morning at Starbucks by consciously deciding to be present and aware stayed with me the whole day and in the evening of that day something really amazing happened. Proving once again that when you are present and aware, life starts sending surprises without you having to look for them.