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Observe Life Around You and How It Can Help You Reach Your Goals.

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.

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Suzie Cheel April 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I love this Lana,

being present does make life flow, it means we have focus and for me following one path.
Your 3 points for practice are good. The power of meditation, so much can be gained in such a short time- something I need to take more time for.
Suzie
.-= Suzie Cheel´s last blog ..Monday Inspiration =-.

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Lana April 21, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I need to take more time for that too Suzie:)

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suzen April 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Hi Lana! You positively nailed this! You know what I’ve discovered too? That being present – and observing the life that flows all around us – really helps us to connect that flow in a way that is not self-centered. I think you are able to get from this that life does not revolve around YOU but that you are a part of it.

My favorite reminder to stay present is my little dog – he is always in the present moment mind! 🙂
Hugs
suZen

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Lana April 21, 2010 at 8:42 pm

suzen, you are so right-pets and kids are great reminders to stay here and now:)
.-= Lana´s last blog ..Sex and Money – Two Of The Most Powerful Tools For Conscious Growth …Are They? =-.

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JB King April 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm

If I let go, my inner control freak will freak out on me. This is where I still have a challenge in completely letting go as there times where I still want to be running the show instead of someone else.

Doing something new opens up new possibilities that weren’t there before, like maybe seeing a restaurant one hasn’t tried or seeing an ad for some group that sounds like it may be interesting. Over on Meetup.com there is a group called “Do Something New” that is a local group of about 1400 members that have all kinds of different activities that may be interesting to people. There is the rather nominal charge of a dollar for each event to help cover costs of running the meetup and just to keep track of who does come when they RSVP that they’ll come. I’ve been to a few of their gatherings and it can be fun to just meet new people or do something you hadn’t done in your life.

Even here in the office, I can overhear conversations among co-workers, take a peek at one is in already or not, and see a general flow to the day.

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Lana April 21, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I love the meetup you have over there JB. I go to lots of local meetups here too, great way to do and learn new stuff as well as meet new people.

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Therese Miu April 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Hello Lovely & Beautiful Lana,
I once heard that ego does not like 2 things:
1.) Relationship
2.)Being in the Present Moment
You are right there is always something going on. And we are stuck thinking about “our world” and what’s going on with us. wemiss the point. Maybe it’s butterfly that crossed our path, whisper of great jokes from a friend, or the subtle touch of the wind. I learned this a while back and live it fully in my life now the 3’s
1.) Stillness
2.) Silence
3.) Solitude
Thank You Lana
.-= Therese Miu´s last blog ..Heal the Planet, Heal Yourself =-.

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Lana April 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I LOVE your 3’s, Therese! Never heard about ego not liking relationships, but it does make total sense.

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} April 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Dearest Lana,
This is truly amazing! Being open tot he moments of life is so incredibly enriching to the soul. Being so aware makes everything come alive..and then something is indeed always going on 🙂
psst…the guy checking you out…did you get in touch 😉 ?
Much love,
Z~

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Lana April 21, 2010 at 8:46 pm

thank you Zeenat, there is truly something always going on. haha, no, didn’t get in touch, he wasn’t quite my type:)

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Anastasiya April 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Hi Lana,
I also enjoy observing everything around me no matter whether I am out and about or I am sitting at home and trying to work. Being present is such a powerful way to stay inspired, motivated and creative all the time.
A few weeks ago I did an experiment: I tried to do everything with my left hand (I am right handed.) It was not just difficult, I was surprised how little attention I paid to simple tasks throughout the day. Something simple and ordinary can turn into a challenging task if you just switch hands (now I understand how difficult it is for my little girls to draw a straight line or a perfect circle:-) Learning is not easy!)
Being present in the moment is always a good way to start your day, live through the day and finish your day. Thanks for your great tips, Lana!
.-= Anastasiya´s last blog ..How to Build Relationships that will Help You Grow in Life =-.

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Lana April 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm

wow, I love your experiment, maybe I should add it to my list of things to try too!

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Topi April 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

Hi Lana,
When I got to the point “Focus on your senses often throughout the day”, I stopped reading and tried focusing on my sight – it was like the sun came out of the clouds (which it didn’t, because it’s pouring with rain!). Things just seemed more clear, more bright – what a powerful tool. It was like I was momentarily sucked into the right here and right now. I’m going to keep trying this during the day. Thanks!
Topi
.-= Topi´s last blog ..10 moments to savour during the day =-.

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Lana April 22, 2010 at 1:07 am

It is simple but very powerful exercise Topi, glad you liked it too!

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rob white April 22, 2010 at 12:52 am

Hi Lana, I love your “Tao of Starbucks.” A great lesson on awareness. We all have genius inside of us when we learn to get out of the way it always flows. My favorite way to do this is by taking a daily walk around the pond near my house. I think with such peace and clarity out there that it has become essential to my day.
.-= rob white´s last blog ..The Big Three: Being, Doing & Having =-.

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Lana April 22, 2010 at 1:09 am

Tao of Starbucks – I love that rob! Your pond time sounds awesome too, it’s great you do it every day!

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J.D. Meier April 22, 2010 at 2:06 am

That’s one of my favorite lines from Peaceful Warrior (I saw the movie, I didn’t read the book.)

I think it’s great how directing our attention, changes our experience. We can focus on ourselves, a piece of ourselves, other people, the situation … our mind, our body, our emotions, our spirit … it’s all good.
.-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..The Elephant and the Rider =-.

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Lana April 22, 2010 at 7:39 am

Yes, J.D., it’s all about consciously directing our attention.

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Nichole April 22, 2010 at 2:25 am

Love it, Lana. My new mantra: “Life is on my side.” I choose to believe that ALL things, no matter what they look like, work together for my highest good. When you believe that, how can you possibly worry about what was or what is to come.

I also appreciate your comment about not worrying how something will happen or come to pass. I once heard motivational speaker Les Brown say, “How is not my business.”

But what we REALLY want to know: was the guy who was checking you out at Starbucks also worth checking out? If so, I would have been really present!! lol!

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Lana April 22, 2010 at 7:45 am

I have a very similar mantra, Nichole – The Universe is on my side.
haha, I don’t think he was quite my type. But yeah, being present helps to notice your type when he does show up:)

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Boris April 23, 2010 at 1:05 am

Lana,
Thanks for sharing this insightful post. Living the present moment and being fully aware make us wiser and more alive.
All the best,
Boris
.-= Boris´s last blog ..Seven tactics for the lazy blogger (The BS- F strategy) =-.

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Phil - Less Ordinary Living April 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Lana –

Great post. Your 1,2,3 is spot on. Meditation is such a great way to raise awareness, live in the moment and just flow. I love the second one – walking through the city you can smell the fresh blossom, the coffee roastery, the mown grass, the accrid diesel fumes, take in the beauty of the trees, the buildings, the fascinating people around us. It is a great way to raise awareness and come into the moment. I love doing something new every day – keeps life fresh and worth living. Thanks for an excellent post.

Phil
.-= Phil – Less Ordinary Living´s last blog ..The Five Secrets to Finding Work that Matters =-.

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Jarrod@ Optimistic Journey April 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Great Post Lana,

We will be surprised at what we observe when we just open up our awareness to whats going on around us. That is one of the keys to being in the moment is awareness of whats happening around us. Not in the future and not in the past, but now.

Thanks for sharing!!
.-= Jarrod@ Optimistic Journey´s last blog ..When Passion Meets Discouragement, Stay Committed =-.

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Evelyn Lim April 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

Oh wow…thumbs up to “Proving once again that when you are present and aware, life starts sending surprises without you having to look for them”! Love it!!

Have an awesome weekend!
Evelyn
.-= Evelyn Lim´s last blog ..7 Daily Inspiration Messages To Kick Off Your Week =-.

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Kristie Ryan April 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Hi Lana,

I really love this post. Being aware and present are things I have to remind myself continually to do. I’m saving this post in my favorites so that I can always have a reminder!

I also love to observe though I’d like to do it more and more consciously. Watching people interact with each other is so interesting and entertaining 🙂

Thank you for this great advice,

Kristie

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Mark April 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Excellent post! Being here and now is the only state we are truly in, everything else is an illusion, a distraction if you will. Thanks for sharing your experience of being in the flow of being in the now and the wise tips you provided.
.-= Mark´s last blog ..Kindness – A Gift Given – A Gift Recieved =-.

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Stephen Mills April 27, 2010 at 2:14 am

Hi Lana, nature is what does it for me. It’s hard for me to be present out in public places. This was an excellent article, but there is one nit-picky thing I disagree with you on though 🙂

“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.”

I agree with everything in that statement except that life is on your side. We may just be talking semantics here, but unlike many people I don’t think life or the universe care about us at all. They are not on our side. Sometimes they throw up very challenging or even tragic circumstances. But even when they are not on our side it is still OK and for all the reasons you state.

I hope this makes sense. Thanks for the wonderful read!
.-= Stephen Mills´s last blog ..Limit Your Minutes =-.

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Marc Winitz April 27, 2010 at 3:37 am

A great post Lana. I really like the concept of trying something new, something I have instituted on a work and personal level somewhat aggressively this year, and it is paying off. Good work here.
.-= Marc Winitz´s last blog ..Embrace Criticism By Asking For Feedback =-.

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Greg Blencoe April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Hi Lana,

Thanks so much for the reminder about the importance of living in the present.

I’m really glad you mentioned meditation, because it has done so much for me over the past couple of years. It has helped me just “be” during the day. Meditation gives me a feeling of completeness, unconditional love, etc. which allows me to be comfortable not trying to make things happen. Instead, I just allow them to happen.

It’s also good to hear that something amazing happened the evening after you wrote this post. This inspires me to focus on living in the present as much as possible today!

By the way, I have seen the movie Peaceful Warrior several times and also highly recommend it.
.-= Greg Blencoe´s last blog ..Relationships as mirrors =-.

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Nagarjuna Nandivada October 5, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Dear Lana, This statement from you is so wonderful and I have experienced it all the way and I call them Divine interventions:) Yes the world does realign itself. Quote “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”.Lana. Unquote

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