Five Ways To Be More Fully Alive In The Present Moment

in the present moment

Seeing things as they are – fully present in the moment – is a worthwhile pursuit. Yoga is a great tool to help you become grounded and aware. Self-awareness develops over time. Witnessing your one great, amazing, vibrant life (and those not-so-vibrant days) is a lifelong quest.

Vipasana is a Pali word that means “insight meditation”. It was discovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2,500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universals ills. It’s a way of self-transformation through self-observation.

I can easily drift into a state of awareness while hiking in the mountains or the beach. I can’t always access a still or quiet mind, so the physical practice of yoga is a great tool for me. Once I get to Shavasana (Corpse Pose), I can experience insight meditation gifts.

Insight basics:

  1. Breath and body – Take a seat and notice how you breathe. Is there effort?  Sometimes I silently say to myself “I AM” and/or “I am breathing in, I am breathing out.”
  2. Move – Expand your awareness by walking or yoga. If you have limited range of motion, allow your guide to be your mind – without judging anything about your experience. Your mindfulness is not dependent on any condition.
  3. Speak – Think about what you value – Pay attention to how you “speak” to yourself. You may have read elsewhere that you are not that voice – YOU are the witness of the voice. I also pay special attention to what information I take in. I limit the amount of toxic media, toxic relationships and harmful anything in my life.
  4. Self-acceptance – There is always a new layer of self-love that is available. Apply often. Invite all of the aspects of yourself to receive total acceptance and love. I’m my biggest fan, are you?
  5. Determination and consistency – Even five minutes a day is great. Develop a sitting practice and/or get to a yoga class. Try it for a week and if you feel the benefits do it another week – and so on and so on…

I hope this will bring you freedom and peace.

About the author

Stephanie Spence

Coronado, California based writer Stephanie Spence is the former publisher of the award winning monthly wellness lifestyle magazine in Pennsylvania, Health & Fitness. Spence Communications, Inc. published numerous magazines and produced a short documentary film. Stephanie has worked in TV, films and radio and recently finished the Advanced UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting. This mother of two spends her time writing, traveling, and sharing yoga. Practicing yoga for over thirty-six years has given her the great gift of balance. Her focus is on guiding people in a meaningful way for the sacred exploration of authenticity, truth, wellness and love. Her blog, one-with-life.com, is an expression of her love of yoga, travel and love of life. Look for Stephanie's forthcoming book Transformational Tales from The Traveling Yogini, Daily Inspiration from Top Yoga Teachers.

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