Thursday, February 26, 2015


Are you a multitasker? You know, able to do more than one thing at a time? I'm going to bet that if your a woman, not only did you say yes, but you are also proud of it! Am I right? I thought so. You know how I know this? That's right, I am a recovering multitasker too.

I'm going to give you a little food for thought and if it resonate's hold on to it, if not, let it fall away.

Multitasking is one of the great enemies of presence. To be present is to be in the here and now. Multitasking is about doing, not being. Think about it, how many times have you talked to someone who is looking right into your eyes and you can tell they are nowhere near you? How many times have you been that person?

The deal is, we need to stop it! How on earth are we to ever hear from God when we aren't really listening? When we sit there and inside our heads we are making lists of things that need done, doing laundry, living in the past, hoping in the future... Really? You think you can hear God speak through all that? 

So how do we go about being in the here and now? One way is to pay attention to your breath. Brenner says to attend to your breath, meaning to be fully present to your breath. To help you do this, get comfortable and when your ready, close your eyes. This cuts out visual distractions. Then, insert ear plugs or cover your ears. Now, notice your breath - don't try and change it, just attend to it as fully as you can. Be present to it. Listen to the sound it makes and feel the movement in your chest as you draw each breath in and then release it. When you notice thoughts or any other thing that takes your attention, simply return to being to your breath. Don't resist thoughts, but don't hold on to them either. I like to see it like I'm standing in a stream and thoughts are like boats that come towards me. I see them, and let them pass.

Now this isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. I end up paying too much attention to the color of the boats as they pass and sometimes I just climb on board and off I go. When that happens, I take a deep breath, and attend to my breath again. With practice it becomes easier, and the presence you slide into becomes deeper and fuller. 

You become settled. You become balanced, centered, calm. Then when God whisper's in your ear, you are able to hear, and be in His presence in the present moment.

It's really all we have, this present moment. The past is gone, and there is no promise of a future here on earth. So be in the here and now. Stop grading yourself on the stuff you get done and start trying to let the Father of all creation un-do you so you can be-come into the present.

1 comment:

Relyn Lawson said...

Thank you, my friend, for your encouragement to keep blogging. I've decided to stick with it. At least for now. Trying... Glad we are doing this together - side by side. ;^)