Ever heard of the concept of ‘staying present’? It may not be new to you, but it is new to me, so I'd like to share with you.
What does staying present mean?
We rush about all day, focusing on other things, and not stopping to notice the little things that matter. They come and they go without so much as an acknowledgment from us.
There is a tiny shift in perception that gives meaning and importance to each moment. It means stopping to notice the beauty and love around us and within us. It means being fully present in each moment, because it is only the present moment that exists. So many of us worry about the future, hold regrets about the past, and completely ignore the present. When we give the now our full attention, even the simplest tasks can take on a new aura and our lives become enriched with millions of meaningful moments. Nothing has changed except our perception, but it makes all the difference.
How do we change our perception? When it comes to CrossFit, don’t just go through the movements and motions that are laid out for you and leave. When you come to the gym, think of nothing other than your body and your workout. As we know, CrossFit is just as much of a mental challenge as a physical one. I challenge you to become present in each WOD. When the clock starts, don’t just grab your barbell and “GO” without much thought, instead, notice how the chalk on your hands feel, feel the coolness of the steel barbell as you wrap each finger around it. In every rep you count, notice the muscles that you are working to move the barbell. When the barbell gets heavy, think about how strong those muscles are becoming with every single movement. Don’t let your mind turn to your fatigue, stay present with the way your body has to work to perform that pull up. When you think you're losing your grip, 'will' the fingers to tighten and the muscles to support them. Shut out the noises around you. Listen to the rope as it whirls around you in double unders. Don’t think about the next rep, or what is still left to finish, think about the present one. Focus all of your mind's energy into each step, each move, each rep.
As we begin to direct our full attention to each moment we are not only doing, WE ARE BEING. It really doesn’t matter what we’re doing or not doing in each moment of our lives, only that we become more aware of our own state of Being. It is in those moments that we are fully alive and conscious. We are connected to everything, and we are one with everything.
Simply put – WE ARE PRESENT.