I like this moment when we start the training with my student and I hear “I am a doer. Doing things is something I find fun, I think that not doing anything will be hard for me” — and then I share with my student the techniques for effortless being present, and after just few minutes of being fully present my student is completely exhausted. :) :) :)
And then we smile and laugh together, because this experience is followed by a realisation that “waiting and doing nothing” is not “doing nothing”, it is DOING A LOT. In fact, a lot more then they ever used TO DO before!
With time, my students see how easy it is to do things without being fully present. How easy it is just to become just THE BODY that is carried by the thoughts and emotions (that do not even belong to this body) through endless actions. How not being present and only doing things out of reflex, habit or spur of impulse makes the potential of their actions smaller and smaller, and smaller…
They see how easy it is to “talk over” stress, anxiety, fear and doubts by taking more and more actions, and how tired they become after just few seconds of being aware.
Being aware is like a muscle, you will have to exercise it. Being aware will be built up slowly, and mixed with moments when you simply will need a lot of rest.
Why? Because finally you will start to DO A LOT!!! :) :) :)
Being present IS DOING!!! — it is being aware and conscious in and of the moment. It is to observe the thoughts without becoming the thoughts, it is to release tension without becoming these tensions and being carried by them, it is to observe the breath without manipulating it. It is doing A LOT MORE then when doing things like a MACHINE: directed from one action to the other action because of the spur of the moment.
I see many machines in the world of horses.
Some of these machines want to mechanise horses as well.
And this simply cannot lead to anything good.