We all spend far too much time “in our heads”. Imagine the freedom that comes with learning to quiet the incessant chatter of yesterday and tomorrow, and just live calmly with today – the here and now.
You can truly learn to be present in any situation. As a matter of fact, it can help you with many of your day to day stresses. The reason for this is because so much of our stress lies in NOT being present in the moment.
The power of the present is enormous and endless. So, too, is the power that being in the present has to change the focus of our lives from worry and regret to gratitude and love! And being present in the moment is so much simpler than you may have been led to believe.
Here are three of the techniques that I use daily to help me harness the power of the present:
1) Learn to Savor Your Life– What do you think of when you think of savoring something? To savor is to slow down, sensually observe, and enjoy each moment. At first, try savoring a bite of your favorite food. As you take the bite off your spoon or fork, smell it’s wonderful aroma. Allow the flavors to linger on your tongue. Notice how it feels in your mouth. This is in deep contrast to how we tend to eat quickly, barely even noticing what it is we’re consuming, isn’t it? You can learn to savor just about anything, or any experience, and it is one of the most powerful ways to be present.
2) Just Breathe– It sounds trite. You’ve heard it a billion times already. But have you ever really tried it when it matters? If you find yourself obsessing about the future, stop and simply breathe deeply. If you find yourself beating yourself up over past mistakes, stop and simply breathe deeply. Breathing deeply activates your parasympathetic nervous system, and that helps to reduce not only stress and anxiety, but also anger, and even physical inflammation. It’s one of the simplest techniques I know of to refocus into the here and now.
3) Lose Track of Time-Have you ever found yourself so engrossed in activity that time seemed to just disappear? This is one of the deepest, most advanced – and sometimes elusive – states of being fully present. To set yourself up to lose track of time (because it unfortunately can’t be forced), set a task or goal for yourself that is challenging, but undeniably attainable. Reduce distractions, turn off your phone, and do everything you can to get “in the zone”. Still, don’t try to hard. You’ll know when it happens.
Born and raised in London, England, Panache has always known he was different. Even at a young age, he possessed an innate kindness and love rarely experienced from one so young. He was recognized by visitors and teachers as gifted. By adolescence he possessed a profound awareness that he had come to do something special. During his final year at university, Panache began to feel an inner yearning to leave everything behind and be on retreat. So for six intense months he began a life altering schedule of meditation and prayer. When he finally emerged, he was a different man. Determined to fulfill his purpose, he told his mother that it was time for him to go into the world and share what he had come to do.
Panache moved to America in 2001 and during his travels he met many gifted spiritual teachers and leaders. Miraculously, each had expected his arrival and he learned from their tutelage and wisdom. At this time a powerful expansion occurred within him and he began to remember his own gifts and abilities.
His journey culminated in 2003 when Panache had a profound and life-altering experience of our (mankind’s) true potential: "Our potential is infinite - every man, woman, father, son, mother, daughter, is infinite - every person is infinite. Our potential is only ever limited in the way that we say it is - the way we allow it to be." And along with this experience came an ability to help people to move through their sadness, anger, or fear - to once again come back to their infinite potential.
Today Panache is dedicated to awakening that same potential and cultivating in those around him the same vibrational transformation he experienced all those years ago. No matter your life experience, your spiritual background, or role, Panache can help you Experience Your Infinite Potential.