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Presence

Potential Project | 22:38

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Hello, and welcome to our session today, we will be talking about the powerful mental strategy of presence. Before we start, I would like to ask you the question that appears on the screen. What does being present mean for you?


When we ask participants this question, we often get answers like, it means being in the moment, being in here now really paying attention. So the question that I would have for you is, how easy is it for you to actually be in the present moment to be in the hearing now, today, we'll talk about the two main challenges to being in the present moment, we'll also look at how do we overcome those challenges, and some of the benefits of being present. And we'll wrap up doing our mindfulness training together, specifically, training ourselves to increase our ability to be present.


To get started, what I'd like to do is show you a little video, and perhaps hopefully have a little bit of fun with it. So here we go. watch very carefully.


Little video was just a little example of some of the challenges that we can face, when we're not fully paying attention to things that perhaps we should be paying attention to, like driving instead of watching the woman crossing the road.


What we want to introduce you to today is a term called attention deficit trait, which is basically a characteristic where we have a tough time, paying attention to things that we should be paying attention to. And in fact, our minds are wandering a lot of the time.

And there's a fact that we'd like to introduce, and that is that we all suffer from some degree of Attention Deficit trait. And if you reflect on the past couple of weeks, as you've been doing your regular mindfulness training, you may have already noticed that oftentimes, even when you're trying to focus on your breath, it can be very difficult because your attention has that tendency to want to wander to other things. And that's really what Attention Deficit trade is not being able to have the attentional muscle to maintain our attention on an object of our choice.


And the second fact is, and this is where it gets exciting, is that it can be remedied. Now, before we get into the remedies for attention deficit traits, let's look at how big the problem really is. So the next question that we'd like to look at, is how often are we not actually attentive in the present? And there was some researchers that were looking at this question, and studying the nature of our wandering minds. So here you go. What do you think? How often do you think that we're not actually attentive in the present 11.5% of the time, 23.3% of the time, 35.7% of the time, or 46.9% of the time.


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