Seeing the Present – zen habits zen habits

By Leo Babauta

There are a selection of widespread blockers for creating highly effective change in your life:

  • Feeling that the hassle is pointless
  • Resisting the hassle
  • Frustration with your self or others
  • Disliking the exercise
  • Feeling an urge / compulsion to do the previous behavior

Every of those can derail your efforts to create one thing new. And to be clear, there may be nothing flawed with any of those — they’re splendidly human traits. However to create highly effective change, we’ve to study to work with them.

Immediately I’d wish to introduce a magical software that I name Seeing the Present.

If you happen to deploy Seeing the Present, you possibly can work with any of the above deterrents. Let’s have a look.

What’s ‘Seeing the Present’?

In any exercise, in any particular person, yow will discover a present. Generally it’s apparent — the particular person in entrance of you is sort and beneficiant, and you are feeling them very simply as a present. When you’re watching a sundown out in nature, you possibly can really feel the marvel and pleasure of the present of that second.

However different occasions it’s tougher — the particular person in entrance of you is being annoying, otherwise you’re going by sickness or harm, or the undertaking in entrance of you is boring and arduous. In some conditions, or with some folks, we resist seeing the present. We wish to simply complain. And that’s OK! Let your self complain, and see the present in expressing the frustration or despair in your coronary heart. How can that emotion be a present to you?

If you happen to proceed to take a seat with that emotion, you’ll loosen up a bit. Then you possibly can look deeper. Whereas the particular person in entrance of you is being irritating, there’s something they’re providing you. There’s a present in them, if you’re prepared to look. Are you prepared?

If you happen to’re taking up an amazing or boring undertaking, it may be arduous to see the present — however when you sit with it for slightly longer, you’ll discover it within the silence. You’ll begin to notice what this undertaking has to show you. It’s going to begin to change you.

The Present is what it has to show you, the way it adjustments you, the way it connects you to the divine, to your self, to all the things round you. The Present is the sacredness of the second and of you. The Present is a profound realization of the marvel of life.

It’s at all times there, if we’re prepared to look.

Tips on how to Use ‘Seeing the Present’ for Highly effective Change

Let’s take every of the “deterrents” to vary that I discussed above:

  • The hassle is pointless: It feels such as you’ll by no means accomplish what you wish to obtain, so it feels pointless to even strive — this sense of pointlessness stops each considered one of us. May you see the Present in making an attempt even when you don’t get to the aim? May the hassle be a Present it doesn’t matter what the end result?
  • Resisting the hassle: You have got the undertaking sitting over there ready so that you can begin it, otherwise you deliberate to work out at present … however you’re resisting. Every part else appears extra pressing, so you place it off. What when you paused for a minute to take a seat nonetheless, and see the Present within the undertaking or the exercise? What when you let that Present name you to the change you wish to make in your life and the world?
  • Frustration with your self or others: The particular person in entrance of you is obnoxious. Otherwise you aren’t residing as much as your expectations. These sorts of frustrations with your self or others generally is a big deterrent to creating one thing new in your life. What when you paused for a couple of minutes, took some breaths, slowed down … and appeared for the Present on this particular person, or in your self? May this irritating particular person be educating you one thing unintentionally? May there be one thing stunning in them so that you can discover? May you discover the present within the sacredness of your frustration?
  • Disliking the exercise: Generally to perform a aim, we’ve to do one thing we don’t like. It will typically trigger us to resolve the aim isn’t worthwhile. However what if there could possibly be a Present on this dreadful exercise? May we discover it, and permit ourselves to say the Present? This provides us entry to extra chance than if we shut out each exercise we don’t like.
  • Urge to do an previous behavior: Let’s say you’re making an attempt to vary your food regimen, or go on social media much less … one of the best of intentions will be derailed by an urge to do what you usually do. However an urge is only a momentary sensation within the physique, nothing that has to dictate our lives. What when you might simply sit with the urge for a second, and see the Present in that sensation? What if the second of the urge is solely what change seems like, and the Present is studying to be with the feeling of change?

As you possibly can see, Seeing the Present can unlock highly effective chance. All it takes is a willingness to take a seat for a number of moments, and a willingness to see.

Could the Present unlock new chance in your life.