So excited to have Michael Garvey back with us. You may remember his incredible tale of Trust in his guest post entitled Leap of Faith. After reading that piece I knew Michael would have some equally powerful observations on presence. Today he calls us to take notice of our own presence as he recalls the crispness and clarity of his own…
As the opportunity came for me to share with Bliss Habits, I pondered over presence. I spent time with it, reflectively and in the moment. In the end, for me, presence can be a choice, or it can be forced on you by a situation. When presence is recognized, intensity may vary. It may be a moment in which is highly charged or one of total calm and ease. No matter the type of presence I have come to know one thing for sure. When plugged into the NOW, fully and completely, my senses are clear and crisp with an excited sense of calm and connectedness to and with everything within and without. Everything about me is connected to anything and everything that is in that moment with me.
I got home from a holiday. At this point in time I just had one of the three labs with whom I’ve bonded. The two of us on our way, over 1200 feet up into the bush, to clean the water filters on the gravity fed water system. We round the corner with me being only present to the burning in my legs and Beau carrying his ball, walk into spitting distance of 3 almost full grown black bears staring at us. Within seconds I was totally alive, and present. Beau dropped his toy as we all exchanged glances, being totally present to each other wondering what was about to occur. Beau flipped! Treed 2 as the 3rd took off into the bush. As Beau was busy with the other 2, my senses heightened and alive was watching for the other to come back. Without fail, yup, there it was charging at me from a different direction.
My one word scream for Beau sent him charging at the 3rd, who then ran back to the safety of the bush. In the moment my senses were clear and crisp and yet there was an excited sense of calm and connectedness to and with everything within and without.
I come downstairs in the morning prepared to create a breakfast feast for our B&B guests. I think of the people for whom I am about to a prepare tantalizing sensation – be it oat bran with poached pears in raspberry sauce, French toast and brandied oranges, or a breakfast burrito with homemade hash browns. Valerie, enters the kitchen. We smile and exchange a loving glance, no words spoken, with only a soulful experience soul mates know. As we prepare, I sense a magical flow in the kitchen. The textures, smells, feelings, sounds and sights of fresh food being turned into a culinary delight. Each and every time, the cookware even has its special unique qualities.
In the moment my senses are clear and crisp with an excited sense of calm and connectedness to and with everything within and without.
I stand on a wall 8 feet high. From eye level, perception says just over 13 feet. There are 2 options, more can be available, but at this moment 2. I can stop and turn around. Or depending on where I am or working on, in Parkour fashion jump to the concrete, or mother earth below. Either is not soft, unless done with perfection from that height. Now there are Parkour traceurs who go from higher, but with an almost 53 year old body, that is high. My landing needs to be perfect for my body, or my joints will pay the consequences for the next several weeks. I’ve heard all the words of encouragement. Nothing remains but to do it or walk away. I can feel the fear of uncertainty running through my veins. In the moment my senses are clear and crisp with an excited sense of calm and connectedness to and with everything within and without.
What do you notice about being present?
Michael, a former baker, moved from Calgary to the West Kootenays of BritishColumbia and lives just outside the Village of Nakusp. He is a Youth Alcohol & DrugCounselor for Freedom Quest Regional Youth Services, Fitness Instructor for Discipline Fitness, a Life Coach and owner of Naked Bear Bed & Breakfast. Check out his B&B at www.nakedbearbandb.ca While working with youth he was introduced to Parkour, which has become a passion for him. This father and grandpa is an ambassador for fun, fitness and inner growth.