Being everywhere but here, now.
I believe that is one of the leading causes of wasted human potential.
We drive, but our mind is at our destination with the things we have to do.
Our body is in a meeting while our mind is on the things we left unfinished or the next things to do.
We listen to someone, but we are already thinking of the next things we want to say.
I lost count of all the time that I caught myself doing this.
My body being here and now, while my mind is somewhere else.
Sometimes far away, other times just on the next sentence.
Everywhere but here, now.
Though, when everything is aligned. When my body, heart, mind and soul are all present in the “here and now”, something magical happens.
So far, one of the best ways I found to experience the power of presence is through a bow and an arrow.
I discovered primitive archery thanks to my dear friend Stefano and any time I try I am reminded of the incredible power of presence.
Last Saturday, I had another opportunity to verify this. Anytime I was present to myself in the moment, my arrow flew straight to the target. When my focus was elsewhere, on the target, on my position or on the others with me, my shot was sloppy.
That’s my goal, here and now.