Posted on September 23rd, 2009
As spiritual beings we can be in the past, present and future all at once if we choose, but as human beings, our bodies can only be in the present moment. Our thinking mind can reflect on the past and plan for the future, but it only has real power in the present. If we spread our attention and energy in too many places at once, including the past and future, it can be overwhelming for the body, leaving it feeling tired, depleted and scattered. Moving into the present moment calms the mind calms and relaxes the body.
When we have all of our energy in the body and focus our mental attention in the present moment - into what’s happening here and now - we create balance. The body, mind and soul work together as a team and we step into the flow of life instead of going against it. We become energized and productive, yet relaxed and peaceful at the same time. From this place we have full access to our intuition and can listen to our inner voice for guidance.
Align Body, Mind and Soul
Allow the body to be in the present moment. The easiest way to align the body is to be present with it at every moment. The body can be vulnerable to foreign energy including others emotions, judgments and agendas if we don’t occupying our physical space with our own energy. Ever have a feeling of heaviness, suppression or an uncomfortable emotion that doesn’t feel as though it belongs to you? Most likely it doesn’t - while you were off in a million directions, someone else’s ’stuff’ wandered into your space.
All that is required is to consciously bring your energy back into your space and have the intention of releasing the foreign energy. Because what we resist persists, being in a state of ease and amusement are the best ways to release. Try these two energy exercises as a way to bring back your energy and release what is not yours.
♦ Call back your energy. Close your eyes, center within and create an image of a clear gold sun five or six feet above your head. Let this gold sun act as a magnet to pull back all of your energy that is spread out in other projects, people and circumstances. Then bring this gold sun, with all of your energy, down through the top of your head and into your body. Notice what it feels like as you refill with your own energy.
♦ Cleanse your space. While centered and grounded, create an image of a gold shower nozzle a few feet above your head. Turn it on and let it shower gold energy through your body and aura energy space, releasing down your grounding. Gold is a high vibration and will move out any energy that doesn’t belong in your space. Notice how refreshing this feels.
Bring the mind into the present moment. Rehashing past conversations and rehearsing future ones, reminiscing over past pleasant and painful experiences, and planning for the future is what the mind spends most of it’s time doing if it’s left in charge. Like an untrained dog, it races about trying to control the household while causing chaos at every turn. When the soul takes charge of the mind, it becomes a very useful tool. Try the following as a way to harness the mind.
♦ Focus on the here and now. Throughout the day, if you notice you are feeling scattered or weary, bring your attention back into where you are and what you are doing. Notice your surroundings - the colors, shapes, sounds and smells. Then bring awareness into the body - feel sensations and current emotions. Focus on the activity or person you are with. Ignore the pull to wander in other directions, just stay with the here and now.
♦ Move into the present moment. Close your eyes and create an image of a knob or dial out in front of you, that can rotate from left to right. Let the far left side of the dial represent the past, the far right side represent the future, and the center represent the present. Where do you spend most of your time - let the dial reflect that. Move the dial to the center with the intention that as you do this, all of your energy will move into the present moment. Notice how this feels. Any time you feel lost in the past or future, create an image of a dial and turn it to the center to assist you in bringing your energy back to the present.
Align with your soul here and now. The soul is the center of your being. It is your ultimate reality; you came into this body as a spiritual being and you will one day leave this body as the same being. The mind may try to take control with constant thinking and the body may dominate at times with strong emotions, but as you own your spiritual essence, you become spiritually senior and everything comes into alignment, including living in the present moment. Aside from staying centered, reading and listening to spiritual and inspirational material, and practicing spiritual principles such as honesty, kindness and acceptance, the main way to align with the soul is through meditation. Try the following as a way to meditate.
♦ Meditate daily. Meditation has many benefits for physical, emotional and mental health, but most importantly, it creates a space to know and operate from your spiritual self. This is where you learn to become senior to the thinking mind. Sit with eyes closed in a relaxed, yet awake position. Bring your awareness into the center of your head and say hello to yourself. Watch thoughts float by and sensations come and go, until you are able to rest in a place of stillness. After meditation, take this stillness with you and return to it as needed throughout the day.
As you align your body, mind and soul into the present moment, you will feel empowered, energized and clear.
Do you have any questions or additional insights to share on how to move into the present moment? Please share below.