Your presence is your power–peace, harmony, true connection, and grace becomes possible and evident when you bring yourself fully into this moment.
“Presence is to meet another person in meditation. Presence is to invite another person in meditation. It is a meeting in love, joy, acceptance, sincerity, truth, silence and oneness.” – Swami Dhyan Giten
You can literally change your brain through the practice of mindfulness. In a Harvard study, brain scans showed that mindfulness practice increased gray matter in brain areas associated with learning, memory and compassion, and a decrease in the part of the brain linked to anxiety and stress. There’s something really powerful about our presence, because it can affect every single experience we’ll ever have in life.
Here’s a passage I wrote in the past that still applies and sticks with me. It’s from the post, 10 ways to love yourself a little more:
One of the greatest presents you can give to yourself (or anyone) is the gift of your own presence. So much is lost if we don’t pay attention to life as we’re living it. The inability to focus in the present leads to a lack of awareness, which can lead to major challenges in communication, and therefore trouble in our most important relationships (including the one we have with ourselves). Self-awareness and mindfulness are forms of self-love. You can’t build a profound connection with anyone, including yourself, unless you are fully engaged.
My presence most certainly is my power, and it’s yours too.
Why Your Presence Is Your Power
1. Through your present-mindedness, you’re allowed the opportunity to fine-tune your energy and to bring the energy of grace into every situation. The supportive presence of love is always in this moment. When you’re in the moment with it, you can be a channel for love.
2. One of the most peaceful, meditative states is when you’re just open to noticing what’s around you and happening in the present moment. You’re just receiving the world around you–just noticing. You don’t need to change anything or agree with anything, but your presence is a symbol of your acceptance of life.
3. When you’re completely open to noticing this moment, it can be amazing—you notice things you would otherwise miss, and you start to appreciate little details of everything around you. Most of us miss this almost all of the time. We tend to walk around in a dreamlike state, thinking about what we need to do, spinning stories about what’s happening, recounting what has happened.
4. By bringing your devotion and attention to this moment, you make real heart-to-heart connections with others, with yourself, and with your life. You can use your conscious intention and willingness for your awareness to be open, accepting, and loving to everything. It’s a kind of fearlessness of truth, a calm appreciation of all expressions of life.
5. You have access to yourself, to grace, to the power of love, to your intuition, and to your higher self. By slowing down and being here, you can better know what you’re feeling in your body, you can see your thoughts, and you can listen to the messages. You know better what’s driving your actions—is it coming from the ego, or a true inspired place within yourself? You’ll recognize your triggers. Observing your thoughts, you can take the moment to see if those thoughts are serving you or not, and muster the calm willingness to let go of them if they’re not.
6. Your presence will help you expand and bring more joy into your life on purpose, instead of more suffering and pain. Struggle is replaced with freedom, because every time you show up in the moment, you realize you have a choice in that moment. Your presence allows you to make a choice. You can choose to move out of immediate reactions and enter into a state of mindfulness of how you’re connecting with other people, and with yourself in the process.
7. You’re better able to call your fear by its name, and request to see things differently. You begin to look at things differently, and the world around you begins to shift. Clarity alters your vision. Your relationships begin to transform and heal. You begin to perceive yourself and others with more love and forgiveness. Things will naturally fall into place.
It’s not about analyzing and trying to figure everything out, but about pausing and being in that moment as it is.
To recap, this is why your presence is your power:
- You can be a channel for love.
- You accept life.
- You notice things you would otherwise miss.
- You make real heart-to-heart connections with others, yourself, and life.
- You have access to yourself, to grace, to love, to your intuition, and to your higher self.
- You can expand and bring more joy into your life on purpose.
- You’re better able to call your fear by its name, and request to see things differently.
Think about what makes you feel good, what fills you up, what matters most to you, what brings you a feeling of unshakeable peace, what makes your soul smile. When are all your senses attuned to the present moment? When do you feel a deep connection, a peaceful flow, a sense of timelessness, and focus?
Meaningful things happen when you give this moment–and the people, possibilities, and emotions here with you–your undivided attention. Instead of trying to fight through life in the darkness, we can bring in the light.
Closeness, warmth, security, peace, loving kindness, a sense of belonging, true connection, the power of love–the light of awareness makes it all possible.
- How do you stay present? How do you stay connected to what you love?
- How has being present altered your world for the better?
- What gifts has your presence offered you?
Please share your thoughts, helpful insights, mindfulness practices, and experiences with me in the comments.
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Your presence is your power, and it’s a powerful force for good. You’re meant to use it.