How to Be Present In The Midst of The Storm (Buddhism & Stoicism Insights)

In all times, and all ways. In all situations. Keep calm, recognizing that your life is a culmination of proactivity and reactivity. Teach yourself exactly how to be present, so you can handle the ebbs and flows of life, especially as an entrepreneur.

Whatever you’re going through at this very moment, whether it’s high-flying abundant success, or pits of failure and self-doubt… Be calm.

Establish the connection with your higher self, recognizing that your time is coming. You have (hopefully) established exactly what you want prior, and this is the necessary period for you to pay your dues.

If you’re in the midst of serious struggle, if everything seems to be crashing down, if your dreams are further than you thought they were, recognize your time is coming. You must pay your dues and learn what you need to, in order to be able to crush life and business at that high level.

You’ve mentally established where you want to be. You’ve picked and created your destiny out of thin air, and now you hold these possibilities in your hand.

Now it’s time to pay the dues and do the work.

What, you thought it’d be easy? Thought it’d come to you while you were watching TV and eating Cheetos? Nah.

Your part of the bargain is learning and practicing the skills daily.

Your part of the bargain is waking up early and reading what you need to know.

Networking with others on the same mission.

Visualizing your end goal, day in and day out.

These are steps that make you into the person you’ve chosen to become.

How to Be Present (Here & Now) Buddhism & Stoicism Insights

Stoicism and Buddhism have extremely similar approaches to the present moment.

Stoicism teaches how to be present, how to deal with life’s uncertainties, and how to take bold action in the face of adversity.

Buddhism teaches how to be present, how to suppress desire, and how to stop feeling pain and fear. You do this by eliminating “craving”.

These central philosophies for many of Rome’s greatest teachers, and East Asia’s greatest mystics, have positively impacted the world for a couple thousand of years, since their creations.

Alan Watts spent much of his life being effected by eastern philosophies, learning how to be present and alive, how to be here and now, as have others.

Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, and Epicurus have all developed their own versions of Stoicism, spreading them far and wide since the 3rd century in the Roman Empire.

Though it must be said Epicurus started his own branch of philosophy, based on living it up today, being merry in the moment, and celebration because life is short. Much to learn there as well – we only get one life (as far as we know).

Living in Thailand has taught me the natural flow of how Asia operates in unspoken codes of presence.

There’s definitely an applicable, reachable higher self that we drown out in favor of going our own way. We can learn from this higher self if we’ve set the time aside to meditate and be present.

Thinking ourselves out of the box we put ourselves in is often difficult or impossible.

Einstein himself stated:

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

How Our Higher Consciousness Applies to Childbirth & Sickness

When we look at babies being born, or people purging their bodies of toxins, we know they’re just going through necessary steps.

These things must happen.

These are the exact consequences of what the person chose prior, and we take a higher, detached perspective when calling them. We see it how it is. Birthing pain and suffering are prerequisites for the beautiful child with a brand new life.

Throwing up and digestive discomfort are prerequisites for getting alcohol, the food bug, or poison out of your system.

It simply must happen.

A huge part of learning how to be present, is recognizing the inevitable, and simply adapting.

When we take these detached, conscious approaches in these areas, how come we don’t apply them in all areas? How come we don’t see them as applicable when we’re struggling through pain and suffering of building a business?

Or working on ourselves…

Or building that great body…

Perhaps getting into the relationship we want…

Our Path to Becoming Present Is Subjective & Malleable

This subjective reality is painted through the objective practice.

In other words, we feel and mold what we want, and we learn the same lessons through the carrying out of “the thing”.

Whether it’s a relationship, networking, business, martial arts, or art, we learn many of the same lessons on the road to mastery.

The road to mastery includes understanding how to be present. How to be here, now. How to accept everything as it rises and falls, like a stoic.

Don’t fret in these times.

There will be peaks and valleys, but you’ve got to maintain your level of enthusiasm and application of G.R.I.N.D. in any situation. If you stop hustling at every valley, you’ll never get back up to the peak.

The same is true when you’re doing extremely well.

Don’t get lazy and comfortable when you’ve achieved something great. Pat yourself on the back, celebrate your success, and keep moving on to bigger and better.

You never fully get “there”.

However – stay consistent and build yourself up even in the hard times, and you reinforce your abilities that much more. You can re-affirm this process through your self talk, and bulletproof mindset.

Does This Mean We Should Settle? No – Quite the Opposite

This approach presupposes you’ve already done the previous work of establishing your goal, your ideal lifestyle, and your strategic plan.

This means you’ve visualized what you want, you’ve made your plans, and you’re already taking massive action to get to where you want to be.

Not a moment before.

This insight is for you on your journey. It’s for when you hit pitfalls, roadblocks, and brick walls.

They’re inevitable, but you can avoid the pain and fear most people feel when they encounter them by taking a secret approach that millions never know about…

How to Be Here Now – The Secret to Staying Present & Passing Plateaus

The real secret to passing business plateaus? We’ll get to that in a second.

For now, close your eyes and focus on nothing but one color.

See this color vividly.

See only this color.

Focus on your breathing.

If another thought comes up, just dismiss it and let it pass.

Don’t get angry, just observe yourself having this thought.

Relax. Breathe deep into your diaphragm, not your chest.

Hold this state for a few minutes at minimum, or as long as you’d like.

Congratulations – you’ve now discovered the secret to staying calm in the storm. The ultimate keys to being present, aware, and conscious of your path.

It’s letting our (incredibly busy) thoughts go free.

Simply let your thoughts go, and relax. Focus on this moment, be ultra-aware of your surroundings, what you’re doing, and the environment you’re in.

This is the quickest way to presence.

If you can practice presence daily, you’ll preserve your life’s clarity and improve your state of calm by leaps and bounds.

Our Primal Struggle of 200,000+ Years of Evolution As Homo Sapiens

This is not natural for our over-stimulated lives. There is a very real and perpetuating thing, labeled “Evolutionary Mismatch.” We’re not very well suited for our present environments, thanks to our past evolution.

The reason being, our ancestors had next to nothing to focus on.

Hunt.

Gather.

Eat.

Sleep.

Reproduce.

This is what our brains are adapted for. Remember we evolve much less than .1% every 10,000 years, and we’re still tuned perfectly for the past.

Evolutionary mismatch. Look that up – it’s exactly what we experience daily, on subconscious levels of every fiber of our being, our cells, and our brain’s operation.

My friend Ludvig explains it perfectly here.

Now, our world consists of:

  • Cell phones
  • Loud cars
  • Loud airplanes
  • Thousands of people in our vicinity (much more than Dunbar’s 150)
  • Texts, e-mails, apps, devices,

… and much more.

Being aware that we’re fighting a battle every day is crucial. Remember that you’re the one in control, and you can train your mind to live in the moment, being present at all times.

By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility. We can let our fear rule our lives or we can become childlike with curiosity, pushing our boundaries, leaping out of our comfort zones, and accepting what life puts before us.

– Alan Watts

Do not be scared of the process, or what might be around the corner for you in your business or life. Just relax and experience everything fully.

This Is How You Deal With Storms – Now Go Apply It

We have only the present moment, no?

This is the only moment that is “real”. The past is gone; the future is in our heads.

Go apply this in action today, and glide past your struggles.

Do whatever you have to do to get over that slump of struggle you’ve been experiencing.

This is your ticket out of the hardship. Embrace it and recognize that it’s there for a reason. This lesson is here just for you.

Plus it’s the life path you chose when you decided to be more than average. To become great. It doesn’t come easy, and it sure doesn’t come to everyone.

Go out there, chase it down, and don’t forget to relish this moment at all times.

Make learning how to be present of chief importance on your mission.

You will instantly increase happiness, flow, life synchronicity and opportunity, and much more.

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