I have a very simple question which I am unable to find the answer for...anywhere. The question is this: How do i stay present at ALL times? To rephrase, can someone suggest some techniques by which I am constantly reminded to "look into myself" or "hey , here goes my mind again..off to the la la land..get it back".I tried writing "I am" at the back of my blackberry...but i soon forgot to see the reminder too. I now try doing a small 5 min meditation before every meal or snack in my office, that sort of works but thats not my goal. My goal remains::: ever present stillness! Please advise.
Whenever people struggle with this question -- How do I remain present/here/now ALL the time? -- I share this short Krishnamurti (a master of presence/awareness) passage with them.
I find it impossible to be aware all the time.
Don't be aware all the time! Just be aware in little bits. Please, there is no being aware all the time, that is a dreadful idea!
It is a nightmare, this terrible desire for continuity. Just be aware for one minute, for one second, and in that one second of awareness you can see the whole universe. That is not a poetic phrase. We see things in a flash, in a single moment, but having seen something, we want to capture, to hold it, give it continuity. That is not being aware at all. When you say, 'I must be aware all the time', you have made a problem of it, and then you should really find out why you want to be aware all the time. See the greed it implies, the desire to acquire. And to say, 'Well, I am aware all the time', means nothing.
The moral of the story (for me anyway): Relax. Don't make an earnest project out of presence; all that will do is ruin it. Ease into it, don't force it, let it find its own rhythm. Enjoy it!
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily ...