5 Ways to Be Gloriously Present in the Moments of Your Precious Life

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“Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.”
— Jack Kerouac

Hello! Are you in there?

Are you sleepwalking through your days like a zombie?

Or are you wide awake, present to the infinite potential for peace, happiness, and fulfillment available right now?

If you find yourself lost in your thinking mind for hours or days on end, here’s the truth: you’re missing out on life. You’re stuck in repeating unhappy stories about what should have happened and ruminating about what you’re sure will go wrong.

This is how I lived for so many years.

I believed the contents of my mind, which left me thinking I was lacking, limited, and doomed to be dissatisfied. This was my living reality.

The Joys of Being Present and Aware

But I discovered how to be present to the flow of life. And when you do, you’ll realize that there is so much here beyond your thoughts.

When we’re not absorbed in thinking, we’re quiet inside yet fully alive. We tap into universal presence, the fundamental ground of being that is boundless and whole before thought tries to diminish it.

We discover we’re one with life, not separate from anything, and we’re infinitely at peace.

We know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are not the limited person who lacks, strives, needs, fears, and defends.

Everything becomes sacred. We’re naturally wise and open-hearted, meeting everyone and everything with love and understanding.

Present in the Moments of Your Life

This magnificent truth is available to realize in any moment. If you’re interested in the deepest fulfillment, don’t live one more second in your limited ideas of yourself and the world.

Enjoy these five practices that joyously bring you home to yourself every time.

1. Consciously Be Aware

Living unconsciously leaves you spinning in unhappy mental habits. You know how it is. You play out old conditioning like a robot without even being aware of what you’re doing or why.

Take some time every day to consciously be alive to your present moment experience. It’s so simple! You’ll realize what a relief it is to just be aware.

• Sit quietly for 10 minutes or more of daily meditation where you rest as open space, doing nothing, allowing your experience to come and go. Even better if you take this time twice a day.

• When you realize a strong emotion is present, rather than letting it drive you, inhale and exhale. Welcome the feeling in the space of aware presence without acting on it.

• Stop once an hour and shift your attention away from the world and back to yourself so you’re alive to what’s present right now. This is what I do frequently, and it transforms my daily life experience.

2. Expand Your Mind

When we’re stuck in beliefs about ourselves and the world, we’re ignoring the fullness of what life is offering us right now.

What if you didn’t expect anyone to do anything? What if you forgot to believe that you’re fearful or unworthy? What if things are just fine as they are without your trying to control them?

When you notice a familiar thought pattern, let it fall away. Yes, that’s right—just let it go. Keep inviting your mind to open…open…open, clear and vast like a cloudless sky.

Consider the possibility that all this thinking is unnecessary (because it is).

3. Love Your Body

Many of us live in our minds, contracted into ideas about things, consumed by trying to figure everything out. And here’s what we’re missing.

Whenever you’re feeling an emotion or you’re lost in an unconscious habit, you’re experiencing sensations in your body.

While you’re worrying about getting everything done, there are places in your body that are tense and contracted. If you feel frustrated, your body may be agitated, pressured, or about to explode.

Instead of being stuck in your mind, shift your attention downward to bring a boundless field of awareness to these physical sensations. Let them come and go without telling a story about them. It’s the healing balm you’ve needed for so long.

And isn’t it delicious to simply be peaceful with what is?

4. Forget What You Know

Every moment is so incredibly fresh! Forget what you know, and live in alignment with this freshness.

•  Stand before someone who triggers you, forgetting any history together.

•  Clear your mind of any false, limiting ideas about yourself.

•  Taste, touch, see, and hear things freshly, as if for the first time.

•  Wake up in the morning and spend a few hours not knowing what you’ll do or say.

•  Open to the possibility of experiencing awe and wonder in the simple things of ordinary life.

5. Notice Awakened States

Your true nature is awake, aware, and peaceful—whether you consciously know it or not. The simple act of noticing what’s already true aligns your mind, body, and heart with this infinite presence, overflowing with life.

As you go through your day,

• Notice, and enjoy, when you’re separate self dissolves into the flow of an enjoyable activity.

• Recognize when your heart is touched in the face of beauty, tenderness, and love.

• Be grateful for creative ideas and let them flourish.

• Surrender your desires and dissatisfactions and experience the brilliance of life as it is actually unfolding.

Just like the true nature of a wave is ocean, your true reality is the limitless splendor of the universe.

Remind yourself that nothing is personal to you—everything appears by grace. Then go out there fully alive in your humanity, free and receptive to what life offers you.

What About You?

What is your experience of being fully present in the moment and not caught in your mind? What gets in the way? Please leave a comment, and we’ll talk about it! And if this post touched you, please share it so others can benefit.

About the Author:

Dr. Gail Brenner is a psychologist, author, and speaker who joyfully helps people discover that suffering is optional. Visit her website, GailBrenner.com, for hundreds of articles and a free chapter of her new book, “The End of Self-Help: Discovering Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary, Brilliant Life.”

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  1. Ann says:

    A beautiful, glorious testament to what is here and now. We all need to pay attention to the present moment

  2. Earl Turner says:

    This is very similar to the “truth contest”, google it, it is very simple but completely life changing. The past is gone, the future doesn’t exist, all we have is the present! And we are missing it, let your mind go and live in the moment, live every second, because every second on this earth is a miracle. Live with the wonder of a child, let the drama slip away. Cheers

  3. Benine Geldenhuys says:

    Beautiful ! Inspiring … Thank you …

  4. Joann says:

    Thank you! I am in early recovery and this is just what I Needed to read and absorb.

  5. Gilly says:

    It’s good to be aware and present.
    And it’s true, it’s simple. My life has changed so much since I understood that you don’t have to be trapped by old thoughts.
    There seems to be more space, more freedom, even more time.
    Meditating, yes, cycling, walking, nature, family. Thinking , this is my life, and here I am now.

  6. You’ve summed up the feelings of being present in such a wonderful way Gail that this post is truly inspiring. Your point: “When you notice a familiar thought pattern, let it fall away” particularly stands out to me, it’s all about recognizing unwanted thought patterns which have kept us trolling along on auto-pilot forever. Thanks for posting.

  7. Wonderful tips! Everyone should read this. I will definitely share.
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  8. David G says:

    Thank you! Just finished a meditation with Deepak & Oprah on exactly the same topic and now I opened the email with your suggestion WOW I guess My Creator is really trying to get my attention. I went to a 12 step mtg. this morning that includes prayer and meditation followed by individual sharing. The racing mind and re-education of mind through being still & mindful were part of the discussion. Thank you again. Namaste.

  9. sherill says:

    Hi thanks for sharing a very inspiring and motivating post.
    sherill´s last blog post ..The #1 Thing They Didn’t Tell You About The Law of Attraction

  10. Hi, Dr Brenner. I must say I was very captivated by your style of writing, very “novelistic”, you don`t see that every day in blogs these days. Inspirational! And I love your post because of the call of action to freedom. Unfortunately, there is a big gap in the world today between people who are aware of themselves and their existence and people who are incarcerated within their own minds.
    I love your point about keeping an open, free mind to the unknown at all times and we would be surprised of the amount of happiness the world could induce then. I am only 27 and only recently I have decided to start a blog as well as change my career path completely. I had been so closed to everything to the point where I was walking down the street with my head dowm, not even realising who walked passed. I try to write about my experiences and development in a helpful and inspiring manner to the readers like you.
    I wrote a post on self-induced stress and how it affects our productivity sometimes last week, I would greatly appreciate a link to your article and feedback from you as you have a lot more experience than me as well as a beautiful style of writing that I envy 🙂 thank you

    • Gail Brenner says:

      Congratulations, Andra, for starting your blog! All kinds of people go to the internet to search for help, and they are inspired by stories like yours. Your post was filled with useful tools and information – well done.
      When I write a post, I always target what the readers want and need so they get the help they’re looking for.
      Gail Brenner´s last blog post ..Bringing Freshness to this Moment (audio)

  11. Gail, this is simply a fabulous article. People slave away at jobs that they hate or remain stressed about what they have to do. I love what you said here, “Notice, and enjoy, when you’re separate self dissolves into the flow of an enjoyable activity.” Self-awareness of one’s strengths and values can help them to determine what their passions in life can be; what is their purpose?

    I have a system, TCS System, which helps people become self-aware of their natural strengths and values and to find their life’s purpose. Come check it out on my website. I’m Master Life Coach Bruno LoGreco, visit me at brunologreco.com
    For further contact, feel free to email me at Bruno@brunologreco.com
    Bruno LoGreco´s last blog post ..3 Steps to Get Your Mojo Back!

  12. Thomas says:

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  13. ​Hi Gail,

    ​This is an amazing article on a topic which i am learning to practice nowadays.

    We really waste our mental resources through unwanted and useless thoughts throughout the day.
    I love the line : Remind yourself that nothing is personal to you—everything appears by grace. Then go out there fully alive in your humanity, free and receptive to what life offers you.

    The more we feel attached the more it is difficult to enjoy the present moment. And it is true​ that the​ moment we change our mindset to feel that all is God’s grace, we start enjoying. Every moment is so incredibly fresh !

    Thanks for the post.
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