Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. ―A.A. Milne
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Source in which we explore how powerful the practice of present moment awareness is in cultivating patience.
The ancient Chinese sage, Lao Tzu is known for this powerful set of teachings, which reinforce the Divine Principle of Awareness:
- Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear?
- Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?
- The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment; but not seeking, not expecting, is fully present, and can welcome all things.
In my upcoming, new book Sacred Powers, I discuss how patience is a virtue because a person must be able to sustain it in the face of difficulty. You know how challenging it can be to maintain patience when someone is pressuring you; and how difficult it can be to stand in your truth when all around you are pushing you to adopt a contrary belief. Patience is a virtue because it needs to be cultivated, nourished, and practiced.
This is where a present moment awareness practice that you can call on throughout the day comes in handy.
The ancient masters of meditation didn’t use apps or spa music to connect them to the present moment. They embraced the Divine Principle of One so purely- building their life around daily present-moment practices – that they were able to effortlessly awaken the Sacred Power of Presence. They infused their whole day into their present moments as opposed to inserting presence into their day.
Buddha did not try to “squeeze” a meditation in between meetings; and the Bible is filled with references to Jesus praying throughout the day as part of his sacred devotion.
Cultivating a daily present-moment practice is much easier than you may think. And, if we can accept the excuses of “no time” or “too busy” for exactly what they are – excuses (and lame ones at that) – then we can begin to integrate presence into our life and create a magnificent fusion of a fully present existence.
At first, “finding the time” to practice presence may feel like a chore; but this is the natural progression we all go through on our journey to stillness. And, the easiest way to connect with the flow more effortlessly, is to practice throughout the day – while your sitting in traffic… standing in a line… sitting in the bathroom… attending a meeting… even taking a shower.
You can start out with an easy technique that requires no equipment – called 16 seconds. I’ve taught it to more than 200,000 people around the world and it’s based on the ancient technique of mindful breathing popularized by the Buddha 2600 years ago.
Start with a long, slow, deep inhale and,
watch your breath slowly move into you through your nose – down deep into your belly;
then hold the breath in and witness it as it sits in your belly for a bit;
then release your breath and observe it as it moves up, through you, and out of your nostrils;
as you continue to exhale, witness your breath as you continue releasing it out, and watching it the whole time as it dissipates into the air.
Witness your breath the whole time as you move through this simple 4-part technique. Each component takes about 4 seconds, with the whole experience lasting 16 seconds. And you can approximate your time by counting along the way, or simply surrender to the process and see where it leads you.
Sixteen seconds is all it takes to practice presence. And you can gently increase your presence practice to a minute by doing it four times; or to 5 minutes by doing it 20 times.
This time-tested process will instantly infuse all of the conversations in your mind with a tiny bit of stillness – a little bit of breathing room, patience, and calm.
Scotts Valley, CA
August 13-18, 2017
Experience a fusion of timeless wisdom and real-world application with one of the most sought-after leaders in practical transformation. During these five days, you will access the stillness and silence that rest within, lock down a lasting meditation practice, and release aspects of your life that no longer serve you. LEARN MORE >>
August 26-27, 2017
**Early-bird ends June 30**
Spend two intimate days with me learning to discover your purpose & make more conscious life choices!!! Learn how to kickstart a daily meditation practice, learn how to control stress and anxiety, learn about meditation basics backed by scientific research, & more. LEARN MORE >>
September 15-16, 2017
The fourth edition of the Happinez Festival takes place at Fort Voordorp, very close to the beautiful city of Utrecht. Enjoy an extensive and varied program with lectures and workshops from renowned speakers from around the world — including me! LEARN MORE >>
September 18-22, 2017
Come gather the transformative tools that give you the ability to make brilliant choices in your life, choices that align you with the universe, help take your life to the next level, and awaken the magnificence that rests at your core! LEARN MORE >>
San Diego, California
September 22-24, 2017
davidji & James Van Praagh **Early-bird ends June 30**
In this powerful, transformative SOUL AWAKENING 2017 experience davidji & James will teach you: Ancient meditation & sacred mantra techniques for connecting to Spirit; how to raise your vibration to tune into your inner healer; how to practice special and spiritual energetic healing techniques to use on yourself and others; and MORE! EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS OPEN >>
October 5-8, 2017
Awakening Your Inner Healer Weekend Immersion
Make a profound shift in your body & mind! Learn to more fully connect with your genuine self – that core place within that can soothe, nourish, and heal – and gain the clarity you need to move forward with strength and power. If you want to be happier, you need to step into your power and take the reins of your life so you can be the writer, the main character, and the director of your life. FILLING UP FAST >>
October 27-29, 2017
**Early-bird ends June 15**
Now is the time to cultivate your dream life and make the shifts that will stick through the year. In an intimate environment – at studioteamBox – in the SweetSpot of Lisbon – I will guide you to create the shift you need! Whether you are struggling in your work or your relationships, coping with change, challenged with the “right” decision, or simply want a little guidance in manifesting your goals, in three magnificent days, you will transform. EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION OPEN >>
Quintana Roo, Mexico
November 25-December 2, 2017
Inaugural Meditated & Liberated Retreat: Awakening Your Sacred Powers
We had an overwhelming number of requests to bring back our Mexico retreat, so we created a brand new event… brand new curriculum… brand new experiences. This Thanksgiving is the inaugural unveiling of this fusion of timeless wisdom and real-world practical application in a radically new format – the very first Meditated & Liberated Retreat. To be fully Meditated & Liberated is to fully surrender to the divine – deepening your spiritual practice, destressifying your body & mind; healing your heart; achieving greater balance; finding your inner strength; learning to make more conscious choices; and learning to live what really makes you happy. And we do this through the process of our awakening your Sacred Powers based on my newest book – Sacred Powers: Awakening Your Best Version. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN >>