We live in a complex time with a lot of information and distractions. We thought technology would give us more time to be with ourselves and connect more with our loved ones, but actually we are now working from anywhere anytime, multitasking, and having so much stimulus that it has become challenging to keep the attention focused and not let ourselves drown in endless work.
But even with all that complexity and distractions, if you pay attention, you might notice that there are some people who have a lot of presence. Maybe you don’t know how to explain why, but they seem very balanced and grounded. Many times they are actually extremely busy people with a lot of responsibilities on their shoulders. But still, there’s something about them, some sort of serenity amidst of all that chaos. Can you think of anyone like that, or even know those people in your life?
What helps them keep that presence? It’s something called Personal Practice.
A personal practice should help increase your level of energy, so you can deal better with the complexity and busyness of our lives. But what differentiates a personal practice from other activities that also give you energy? For example, maybe you really enjoy doing karaoke with friends, or maybe you love shopping. Do those activities count as personal practices?
The difference is in this question: does this activity help me to be more conscious? If it does, then it’s a personal practice. If it only deviates from the reality, then it’s not.
The outside world reflects what’s going on in our inner world, so without a personal practice, it’s easy to get drifted away. Personal practice helps you see yourself from the perspective of an observer, not a victim of the outside pressures that only reacts to whatever happens to you. If you want to go deeper in the question of “Who Am I?“, it’s important to have a practice that supports that learning.
There is no personal practice that is better than the other, so choose one that you enjoy doing. It can be yoga, meditation, mindful eating, Zentangle, Tai-Chi, Qi Gong, Aikido, dance, journalling…to name just a few. The key is to practice it regularly. So whenever you see yourself beginning to become unconscious or overwhelmed, you can go rest or you go do your personal practice. Since it’s a practice, you’ll only get better if you practice it.
It’s also a good idea to try out different personal practices so you can see if any is suitable for you. At Knowmads, we practice a variety of them, and we invite you to do the same.