Having everything in one powerful (mindful) moment

  • Being truly present is hard and takes practice,  but the reward is… well… everything.  What do I mean by “everything”? When you pause for a moment  and  focus on being here now, your awareness opens wide like a camera aperture, enabling you to let in all the light in  your life. You also are wiring your brain for greater happiness because the practice develops  neural pathways for being present. A University of Wisconsin study found that the  Dalai Lama’s monks showed the highest levels of happiness ever recorded in brain scans when they were focusing on  the present moment.  The rewards are “everything” because you are changing the way you subjectively experience your life, which affects your every experience.
  • Being present also increases your intuition.   To  become intuitive, you have to  focus on your five senses  plus your  feelings, rather than your thoughts.  The mind is usually too distracted to be able to receive  the guidance of the present moment that we call  intuition.  When I “read” people,  I close my eyes and take a breath; time stops and I drink in the person with my senses. The hardest part is not letting my mind distract me.  I find I can get focused  by caring about the person I’m reading, by opening my heart to them.  I make them matter  to me. In short, I feel appreciation or gratitude  for them.
  • So being present, happy, and intuitive  starts with  gratitude?  Gratitude concentrates  your awareness to a laser focus. How many times have you longed to have just one hour  in the presence of someone you have lost?  If I could have just five minutes with my little dog  Sandy who died last year, I’d take her in as never before.  I’d bury my face in her curly tangle of musty white fur and drink her up with all my senses.  My gratitude for having her back would rivet my focus, concentrating all my  awareness into that  moment.  We can have those intense moments now. We don’t have to wait until they’re  lost.  We need only stop and open to the day with gratitude, using  all our senses to take it in.  When we sense the world with gratitude, we have it all, as if our lives are just filled with presents. Every moment is larger, longer, spacious. By the end of the day, you  feel full  with all you’ve  received.
  • If you’d like to have a powerful experience of the present moment, try  this  Louis Schwartzberg film clip.  The whole piece  is amazing, but if you start at 2:36, you’ll get the experience. When you finish the clip, take a few minutes to turn to your own moment and drink it up.   Take a breathe and sit in the magnificence of your own presence.  It’s this kind of  awareness and gratitude that opens the door to…well…everything.

About the Author:

Jeanne Mayell is a professional intuitive and author who gives private life readings and offers tools to help people develop their psychic abilities. In 2015, Mayell was named by Coast to Coast AM radio as one of America’s most gifted Tarot readers. Holding Master Degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Framingham State University, and published in The Atlantic and other national journals, she is not only a gifted intuitive, but brings an academic and intellectual perspective to the world of psychic readings and intuition training. Sensing that an era of profound and accelerated change is upon us, Mayell has been teaching people to expand the intuitive gifts we are all born with. In this way, we will be able to navigate the coming changes for ourselves, our families and others. She teaches classes in Tarot, Prophecy, Positive Psychology, and mindfulness — all ways to find inner guidance. Mayell has also worked as a health writer (Atlantic Monthly, American Health Magazine, and EastWest Journal), and was the Massachusetts Medicaid Director, a policy analyst for the City of New York’s health and welfare programs, and a research consultant on national health and welfare programs. She has co-authored two books on health and welfare and is currently writing a book on intuition and the Tarot.

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