I’m being spontaneous and creating in the present moment without an outline or agenda or sense of what will unfold as I type this. My approach goes along with my wish for this to be an exercise for all of us to be present to all that we are and all that is in each moment … NOWISM as Maa says.

Now all together, let’s practice Nowism! I ask you to engage fully in each step below, so that you’re present to who you are and to what is. Notice if you’re in the past or future and come back to the present. Also, know that whatever works now for your to be present, you can use the same practice(s) to be present and aware during your daily life.

  • As you read this sentence take a deep breath through your nose and exhale very slowly through your mouth so you hear your breath. Relax your whole body as you exhale.
  • Do this again two more times.
  • Open your mouth wide and yawn. Move your jaw back and forth and relax your whole mouth and jaw.
  • Breathe slowly and naturally. Move your head slowly to the left and right a few times, stretching and relaxing your neck.
  • Do the same while moving your head forward and back.
  • Move your head in a circle a few times.
  • Relax your shoulders. Move the left one back with your arm to open your chest and heart area. Now move your right shoulder and arm back as you open your chest and heart area.
  • Breathe and relax your stomach, letting it expand to a comfortable position.
  • Open your eyes and be conscious and alert to how your body is sitting, where it’s sitting. Be aware of the entire room you’re in. Notice items in the room as you look around. Take a broad view of the room, taking it all in. Notice the light in the room, where it’s brighter and darker. Be aware of colors and whatever catches your eye.
  • Be present to your other senses. Do you smell anything? What do you hear? Be aware of any taste in your mouth, your saliva, your swallowing. What about touch? What are you touching, what does it feel like?
  • Close your eyes. Breathe. Notice your energy, your vibration. Is it more expanded or contracted? Is it balanced and harmonious, or not? As you breathe and become aware, does your energy or vibration change? How? Is your energy focused in the body or outside or both?
  • Breathe and accept everything about your energy, whatever is happening inside of you. Be present to all of you, accept and let everything be as it is. Say “it’s okay” to yourself and notice what happens.
  • Now breathe and appreciate yourself, whatever comes to you about who you are being right now. Notice what this appreciation feels like. Appreciate your body for enabling your to live your life. Appreciate your breath. Appreciate your heartbeat. Appreciate being alive. Notice how your self-appreciation is affecting you, your breath, your heart, your sensations, your energy.
  • Take a few deep breaths through your nose and just notice whatever comes to you about yourself, your experience, your state.
  • Smile and notice the effect of your smile on who you are being right now.
  • Smile an even bigger smile and see what happens.
  • Now just laugh, whatever kind of laugh comes to you. See what happens to you.
  • Laugh about how silly it is to be reading these words and laughing because I’m writing for you to laugh. Notice what happens.
  • Take a deep breath and stretch your arms out side to side. Now move your arms straight up and stretch your arms straight up.
  • Being present to yourself and everything about you, write me a short email to let me know who and how you are right now. (swamijip@gmail.com).
  • As you write your email, allow each breath and each word you type to establish your state even more in you.
  • Right now, be here! Right now, be here and be there! Right now, be everywhere!
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