Welcome to JOOL’s Deep Dive Into Presence
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What do we mean by “presence?” Other people might use words like mindful, aware, flow, conscious, or Ram Dass’ famous “be here now” to describe the practice of being present. And we mean practice quite literally. It’s not something that comes naturally to most. But the benefits of acquiring the skills to focus your attention fully in the moment are becoming increasingly well understood. And they are numerous.
JOOL’s Deep Dive Into Presence will help you develop a more grounded understanding of presence and why it’s good for you by focusing on:
Health benefits of being present
Strategies for incorporating presence into your day
Different forms of meditation and their associated benefits
What is “flow” and how you can achieve it
Presence In JOOL
Since you’ve decided to focus on presence (pun intended), check out your current relationship with presence in JOOL. If you’ve charted at least 10 times, scroll down to the What Makes You Tick? tool on the Navigator and click on “Go.” Now click on the red button near the top and choose “Presence” from the list. You’re now looking at the influence presence has on your energy, willpower, and two personal outcomes (if you’ve set those up). Move the slider on the left down to the bottom to see what happens when you’re short on presence. Now slowly move it to the top to see how that influences your outcomes. If you’re like many, you may be surprised at how remarkably beneficial being present and focussed can be in your life. Keep track of how this changes as you work through the four sessions of this Deep Dive.
CHALLENGE #1: Take A Breather
In today’s video, we shared with you a simple approach to getting started meditating. Here it is in a nutshell:
Find a comfortable place to sit, either in a chair or on the floor. Back straight; body relaxed. Close your eyes. Take a few moments to just be, just noticing the sounds, smells, feelings. Turn your attention to your breathing. Notice the feeling of air moving in and out past your nostrils and the easy, natural way your abdomen rises and falls. Your mind will occasionally wander away from your breath. This is actually an important part of meditation. As thoughts, sounds, or sensations intrude, gently take note of them free of any self-judgement. Gently let your attention return to your breath. When you’re finished meditating (a timer is helpful), spend a minute or so with your eyes shut before opening them.
How do you feel? Take this feeling back with you as you return to your normal activities. Try this simple exercise for five minutes for three days running.
Seeing What Steve Jobs Saw
Apple co-founder and renowned serial game-changer Steve Jobs was a well-known proponent of presence. In fact, he partially credited his long-standing meditation practice with his ability to open his mind to new possibilities. Here’s a quote: “If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things— that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”
JOOL (the app)
On Purpose (Graphic Novel) - Victor J. Strecher
Life On Purpose - How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything - Victor J. Strecher
Man’s Search For Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl
Broken Open - Elizabeth Lesser
The Road To Character - David Brooks
The Power of Meaning - Finding Fulfillment In a World Obsessed With Happiness - Emily Esfahani Smith