2020 October News

  • 07 Oct 2020

Being in the present………


We’ve all heard the term “being in the present” and have a general idea of what that entails. We all do this quite easily when we are focussed on a task, especially the ones we enjoy! For example watching kids play happily, watching the sunset, listening to the ocean, walking in the rain forest, or simply working or even cooking. We are focussed, concentrating, centred as we perform these tasks without a thought.


But there are also other reasons why we should be more present as often as we can. The main advantage is that when we are very present, we are no longer dwelling in the past nor are we worrying about the future, just being present, in the now as it should be.


When we are in the now or present, that is when we are totally connected, focussed, creating the present moment by moment instead of reliving the past or too far into the future of what may or may not be.


There are so many distractions in our lives that we get caught up with worrying or fearful of the past or present instead of looking at the whole picture of the present and create the best outcome for the present.


Discipline is a way to staying in the present moment. How do we discipline our minds to be present instead of thinking of the past or future events?


This little technique is going to be a challenge for most! Where it came from is uncertain. It may have been written somewhere, or an insight, or a download at some time, or was it a past life experience remembrance? Who knows?


The Japanese are famous for doing everything in an art form; from drinking tea to inventing new technologies! This culture has much to teach us. In order to bring something into an art form requires discipline, patience, tolerance, a still mind, and a desire to achieve a positive outcome.


In ancient Asian monasteries, monks are taught discipline from an early age. Some of these are gruelling and hard but nevertheless it teaches one to be very present at all times, yet alert. One of these gruelling tasks is to be mindful whilst eating. This means they are aware of each mouthful of food from chewing to swallowing one at a time! Thinking about nothing except each mouthful of food. One can only imagine the determination with this exercise!


You may try this at some stage just to test how much discipline is required to do a simple task. In the Western society we are encouraged to sit down for a family meal each evening, chat about the day or general interactions with the family.


Now try sitting down at the dinner table, take one mouthful of food at a time, close your eyes so you don’t get distracted, chew each bite, being aware of each bite and think nothing else but the food you are chewing and about to swallow. Then start again with the next mouthful until it is finished. Nothing said, just food and silent contemplation! You may think about the flavour, texture, what it is that you are chewing on, what does it make you feel knowing this type of food is going into your body, or why is this good for you? You are then being very present in your task of feeding your body; a task that we just take for granted without a second thought!


Imagine if you were a monk in the monastery, all you eat is the same blend food, leaves not much for the imagination to chew on let alone think on?


You can apply this disciplinary act to any tasks you do during your wakening hours; mindful of each task ranging from brushing your teeth, to feeding your body, cleaning your home or cooking etc.


It is certainly not an easy accomplishment. So why do we bother to try this?


Because it teaches one to be very present at all times to enjoy the present moment as it is……


Until next time…


Glenis, Toowoomba 2017

Excellent Daphne so please I came thank you for educating us.

S. S. Burpengary, Qld 2012

“it has taken me many years of preliminary work such as meditation, massage & reiki just to be ready for the intense releasing process that is esoteric acupuncture! Thank you Daphne as I feel great."