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The secret to unlocking focus just might be inside us already.

I've just come back from a beautiful trip back to Sydney, where we spent with family and friends. We even snuck in a side trip to New Zealand for a friends' wedding. 

Bliss..

And now at this time of year if you're like me, you're probably thinking about the new year and wondering about it will hold for you. 

As I get ready to refocus on my work I've been thinking a lot about the power of truly being present in the day to day.

I'm curious and wondering what it really means. 

My wondering led me to this beautiful extract from the writings of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, a Buddhist monk and international teacher, he left one of the three monasteries of which he was abbot to spend several years on a retreat journey. Following in the ancient tradition of wandering ascetics, he “wanted to explore the deepest depths of who [he] really was out in the world, anonymous and alone.” [1] 

Here is part of the letter he left for his students before his departure:

In parting, I would like to give you one small piece of advice to keep in your heart. 

You may have heard me say this before, but it is the key point of the entire path, so it bears repeating: 

All that we are looking for in life—all the happiness, contentment, and peace of mind—is right here in the present moment. 

Our very own awareness is itself fundamentally pure and good. 

The only problem is that we get so caught up in the ups and downs of life that we don’t take the time to pause and notice what we already have.

Don’t forget to make space in your life to recognize the richness of your basic nature, to see the purity of your being and let its innate qualities of love, compassion, and wisdom naturally emerge. 

Nurture this recognition as you would a small seedling. Allow it to grow and flourish. . . .

Keep this teaching at the heart of your practice. 

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, pause from time to time and relax your mind. You don’t have to change anything about your experience. 

You can let thoughts and feelings come and go freely, and leave your senses wide open. 

Make friends with your experience and see if you can notice the spacious awareness that is with you all the time. 

Everything you ever wanted is right here in this present moment of awareness. [2]

Isn't that beautiful?

It speaks so perfectly to how I am coming to understand the simplicity and power of being present. 

All I need to do is keep practicing.

I hope that as you step in to 2024, you can bring a sense of presence too.

If you'd like to talk more about how a sense of presence can help you bring focus and clarity, click on the Book Now link to set up a time to chat with me more.

🧡 I'd love that.

[1] Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche with Helen Tworkov, In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey through the Bardos of Living and Dying (Spiegel and Grau: 2019), 10.

[2] Mingyur Rinpoche, 252–253.


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