“When you hear that you need to be present, your mind immediately thinks that it should do something to be present. When you try to be present, you become confused, anxious, and begin to struggle. Then you get exhausted, and for a moment your mind stops, and you feel peaceful. A knowing arises inside you that recognizes what it’s like to be present.
Observe and understand how the thought “be present” arises. Perhaps you have heard that you need to be present so many times that you have become identified with the thought itself. If you try to be present without awareness, you will feel stressed and anxious. Observe that when you are present, there is no thought that says, “be present,” or any other thought. So my suggestion is whenever you see a thought or a desire, simply watch your breath. Then, suddenly, without any effort, you will experience being present.”
Eliza Mada Dalian in “In Search of the Miraculous”
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