Today I had the privilege of performing with my family band at a town festival. Waiting to perform is nerve-racking for me. But the second I’m on stage and begin to sing all of the nerves just float away, and I’m there, completely present. I love the feeling of being totally in the moment. One of my favorite aspects of presence is the experience of joy; the natural state of being that is usually covered up by thoughts and emotions.
What makes you present? What snaps you out of thinking and brings in you completely into the moment?
Presence can be practiced in any situation, but a great place to start is by finding a situation that tunes you into the now. It could be yoga, taking a walk, straightening your hair, driving, singing, anything at all! When you find that thing that snaps you into the present, it isn’t really that thing that is so enjoyable. The joy comes from being fully in the now, without psychological past and future taking up all of your attention. So give yourself a gift and begin practicing being in the now. Start with whatever brings you joy!