Last Sunday I attended an Eckhart Tolle seminar in London. I have seen the great man a few times now and I was even lucky enough to have a one to one with him in Malibu a couple of years ago. We share the same App developer and Joe at i-Mobilize fixed the meeting.
When I chatted with Eckhart he told me that he had slept rough in his past and that he used to deliver his book, The Power Of Now, into stores personally. I’d also slept rough at times when I was a kid, from the age of 12 in fact, and I also delivered my first hypnosis cassettes into local stores when I started out. Eckhart and I are one and the same I thought!
The thing I love about Eckhart is that he is totally authentic. The message he delivers is in total alignment with the way he lives his life. He has very little to do with the business side of his organisation and it seems he is immersed in the present all the time. Imagine being free of fear, anxiety, worry, judgement and just living for each and every moment.
It is not something that comes easy for most. But when you hear Eckhart speak live you get a real sense of what it is to be present and to switch off the monkey mind that can drive us nuts. If you can be in a place where you are not worrying about the future or fretting about the past and you are actually not thinking at all, you begin to experience presence. You go beyond the egoic self and separation and you experience your true nature, or your spiritual self.
Ramana Maharshi who passed over in 1950 was one of the great spiritual teachers of recent times and a big influence on Eckhart and indeed Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. He said that we must always ask ‘who am I’ as a way to true self-awareness and that on-going self-enquiry is the way to self-realisation and liberation.
In a state of presence you feel good as you are existing in the moment without any interference from your mind. You can then start to experience a feeling of oneness and self-liberation. When you practise ‘presence’ regularly you will find yourself becoming more creative and compassionate and becoming more aligned with the beauty in the world.
Tips to become more present:
- Meditate daily and allow your mind to go still.
- Make real connections. When you talk to people really be there with them. Make real eye contact and connect with them, whoever they are.
- Practise staying in the moment by observing everything around you. This will help you to feel more present and centred.
- Walking in nature is another great way to feel present and connected. Whenever you have the opportunity, go outside and walk more in nature.
- If the weather is good lay on some grass and look up at the sky and just let your mind go blank.
With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
So much of our day is about doing and so little is about just being. This short relaxation exercise will help you to become more present and recharge your energy.
- Take time out and find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.
- Sit or lie comfortably. If you are sitting on a chair, sit upright with your feet flat on the floor and your hands flat on your thighs.
- Close your eyes and begin to breathe very slowly and deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Make each circular breath long and deep, and continue this relaxing rhythm. Breathe away any tension in your body with every out breath and feel yourself connecting to the present moment. Be aware as each second passes.
- Aim to clear away any thoughts so your mind becomes still and centred. Affirm to yourself that any outside noise will fade into the background and will help you to relax even more. When you state this as a fact your unconscious mind will accept it. Don’t worry if you get the odd unwanted thought. Just centre your mind again and allow the thought to drift away. Focus on your slow deep breathing and feel a strong connection to the present moment.
- Stay in this relaxed state for five, ten or even twenty minutes and then allow yourself to come back to full waking consciousness. Be still, centred and very present.
Glenn’s recordings to help with being present:
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