Presence is power.
It is power in a positive sense of the word.
I’m thinking of power in the context of someone who has an ability to impact other people.
I’m thinking of power as something like Martin Luther King’s ability to inspire a crowd.
I’m thinking of power as something like the Dalai Lama’s ability to create happiness in the people around him through his warmth and embrace.
As a coach, my greatest strength is my ability to be present with you.
Through being present with you, I actually can connect to you.
I can have empathy for what you’re experiencing.
At the same time, being present allows me to stay connected with what’s happening inside me.
And that’s when the real power kicks in.
When you have the ability to be present with another individual, and at the same time be present to yourself, you are truly engaged with the world.
Over time, as you practice the skills of mindfulness and emotional intelligence, these skills become more integrated ways of being.
You’ll start to have longer and longer periods of time where you enter into this flow state where you’re tuned into yourself, your mind, and others all at the same time.
These moments are moments of enlightenment.
Enlightenment doesn’t mean you one day do something and all your problems are cured.
Enlightenment is more of a muscle that you develop so that over time, you can lock into flow state for longer and longer periods of time.
Enlightenment is being fully present. It’s something most of us have experienced, at least in brief moments.
So, the question then is “how can I develop presence”?
To be as simple as possible, you meditate.
Meditate every single day. Start with one minute if that’s all you can handle, and increase it by 1 minute a week for 20 weeks.
Don’t look at it like a chore.
Don’t go into it with expectations of how fast you’ll get results.
Think about why you want to do it. Write down your motivations if you want it to stick.
It’s a practice.
It’s an investment of your time.
A worthwhile one.
And it will become enjoyable over time. You’ve just got to get past the beginners curve.
A daily meditation practice will allow you to start training your mind to be the servant, not the master.
If you want to have a more fulfilling life, this practice will lead you there.
Thanks for reading,