In our modern world, there is so much constant communication, which turns into scattered conversations. Call waiting, facebook, twitter, endless communication…
One of the tenets of Shamanism is to practice being present in the moment. I recently read the book “The New Codependency” by Melody Beattie. She recommended an activity to practice presence. I thought it applied very nicely to our shamanic work.
Practice Presence Exercise
“For a week, spend an hour a day practicing silent presence for ourselves: how we feel, what we are doing, our breathing, our feelings, our thoughts. Shut off the phone, no email either. No TV, music, headphones. We can go for a walk, pray, meditate. No books or magazines, or crossword puzzles. If we live with people or have children, we may need to talk to them. If so, be present for those conversations.
It doesn’t count if we do this activity at night while we are waiting to fall asleep. Practice presence in our conversations. Instead of waiting for people to stop talking, listen to what they say. When we’re done with conversations, recap what was said. If we can’t, we didn’t listen. Stop answering call waiting for a week. Let people leave messages unless you are waiting for a true emergency or important call. After a week, if the silence is uncomfortable, do the activity until we enjoy silent presence as much as communication. Be present for ourselves, our conversations, and the spaces in between.”
When Shamans practice being present in the moment, they can step into timelessness, which is where synchronicities happen… the moments between time. Our life will begin to flow and it will start to be the norm. When we are present for ourselves and the moment, we can allow love to flow through us.