If you want to feel present, remove the future!
Consider for a moment why every thriller has guns, drugs, or sex. Or at least consider the first two. If you're looking for sex, you opened the wrong junk mail. :)
There's a pretty simple explanation for it. We want to see people on the edge because we know in our hearts that that's where real life is. Those guys, the junkies with the needles and the man with a gun to his head are rolling the dice.
And because the uncertainty of tomorrow has just become truly confronting, there's nowhere else to be but here.
We live vicariously through those cool dudes in the action flicks because they remind us of that edge, the adrenaline dump that empowers us to take charge of our lives, if even for a few moments.
But I think it's important to consider whether it's the scenarios they present that excite us, or the reminder that this moment has meaning, that choices matter and that life is now. Guns in films do that. They can do that for you too.
I know we discussed meditation just last week, but it's great to keep this fresh and hit it from multiple angles sometimes. On top of showing up regularly to your practice, add a sense of urgency with this visualization that removes options, if even for a few moments.
Visualize a gun to your head. You're graced with a few seconds of uncertainty - to live or die - and take a good hard look at your present. If you're anything like me you'll delve a little more deeply, take it a little more seriously, and stop accepting that distracted monkey mind from taking over. There's no time to waste!
Peel away the layers of your immediate experience. Listen carefully. Breathe deeply. Feel fully. This is your last moment.
Breathe as if its your last, as if it matters. Try this one RIGHT NOW for just one minute and let me know how it goes!
If it doesn't work...imagine a bigger gun.