Lately I’ve been reflecting more on my presence. Whether I’m working with a client, colleagues, or friends, I’ve come to realize the greatest gift I can offer is to be wholly focused (mind, body, and spirit) when I’m with someone. It means that in that moment I am totally absorbed in them as if there is nothing or nobody else present.
When someone is fully present with us we can sense their focus and energy. We realize in that moment that we are the singular most important individual in the Universe to them. It creates a safe place to share. Presence comes without judgment and invites connection. It is in this space that magic can occur. There is deep love and mutual respect as a shared presence brings divine energy into the space.
We know the difference when we are truly heard versus when someone is simply listening to us. The feeling is one of acceptance and empathy. We don’t always have to be sharing deeply or pouring out our souls. Yet even in moments of friendly conversation, when we are completely open and present, we are giving of ourselves at a level that unfortunately seems increasingly rare in our world today. To be truly heard is like receiving a surprise gift that comes from the heart.
Remember a time when you were so caught up in another person that time seemed to stop altogether. Most of us have experienced situations where what seemed like just minutes was actually hours that passed by. This is what happens when presence is in action. We feel exhilarated and embraced. This can also happen when we move into deep meditation or connection with Spirit.
I remember the time in my life when my meditation practice shifted from being something I did for a period of time to simply allowing myself to be present in the cosmic space of the divine. It was during that shift that I realized that time is an artificial creation in order to organize our lives. Yet when it comes to being present for others, we seem to put constraints or time limits on it. While time does serve a purpose, when it comes to human connection, we step into the divine only when we lose track of it altogether.
So next time you have the opportunity to interact with someone, step into the present moment and offer them your undivided attention and focus. Look deeply into their eyes and you’ll connect with their heart. In that space of powerful connection then, you’ll be able to experience a glimpse of heaven on earth.