How To Live with Presence of Mind
by: Susan Russo
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most peopel dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”
We all live in the presence of mind but most of us are unaware of doing so. Our minds are at work every second on a conscious and subconscious level, even when we are sleeping.
You don’t really think to tell your body to breathe or to make sure your heart is beating.You aren’t on organ patrol, keeping a vigilant eye on everything working a-okay. Your mind handles that just fine without you being cognizant of all that it entails.
And, on the other hand we are bombarded daily making conscious decisions and we are typically unconscious when making them, i.e. how to drive to work, cooking, going about our jobs, what’s for lunch, when to meet clients, what time to pick up the kids and on and on.
We do most things by rote and we live unconsciously. It’s simply habit; it’s what we are all used to. At the same time we are doing all of these things, we are also thinking some 60,000 thoughts a day which for the most part we are totally unaware of. They simply take over. And, they play over and over and over in your mind.
Many are based on old beliefs about life and ourselves, they are thoughts ingrained in us through experiences, attitudes and misdirected focus.
And, as you know, what we focus on throughout the day, we will attract to ourselves. So if worry, stress, fear, jealousy, anger and all of the other limiting emotions are what you unconsciously and habitually hold onto, well, take a guess how you are going to feel and what you are going to experience.
On the other hand, if you learn how to break this unconscious mental cycle and flip the script you will be surprised at the outcome. If you change your mind, you WILL change your life!
The easiest way to tune into your mental radio and see what channel you are listening to is to ask yourself this simple question, “How do I feel?” Good or bad? This is the best litmus test for you to get in touch with what you are thinking and what you are focused on.
Because of the fact that our thoughts control how we feel, be dead certain that however you answer the question it is in direct correlation to those exact thoughts you say to yourself about any given situation over and over and over again.
When wanting to change something in your life no matter what it is, even if it’s simply to change bad thinking, the key is to become aware of what it is you are saying to yourself about whatever it is.
Using the “how am I feeling” technique works if you use it. There are times when I have wanted to focus on some particular situation. I even use this when I want to be more in the presence of God or to be more aware of being thankful.
I will set an alarm to go off every half hour or so and when it does, I stop what I am doing and even if it is just for 30 seconds, I re-focus my thoughts to what I want to think about.
That being said, if you use the above method, in an 8 hour day, you will be shifting your focus 16 times a day more than you are now. Compared to the time you currently spend on focusing on being thankful or directing your thoughts to what you want (and not what you don’t want) will make a huge difference!
By becoming more in tune to what you want and keeping your thoughts focused on a desire or goal, you will begin to break old habits and replace them with new ones.
Learning to live in the presence of your mind will literally change how you live and what you experience. It’s kind of like working out. At first you may not be used to it, it’s tough getting started and you’re sore. But the more you do it, the stronger you become and the better you feel.
It’s the same with training your mind. At first it may feel awkward but the more you do it, it will eventually become a habit. Replace the old worn out thoughts that do nothing for improving your life to those that do everything toward enhancing it.
So, if you are sitting around living your life on auto-pilot and wondering why nothing is working, changing or improving. Tune into the station you are listening to and if you like what you hear then turn it up.
If you don’t, it’s not worth listening to. Change the channel and listen to something else that can bring harmony, peace, abundance and all of your hearts desires. It’s all about what you focus on!
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