I try to remind myself to allow it to happen as much as possible; it helps in clarity of presence.
Some tricks: Notice where you hold tension in your body. Shoulders? Imagine a cord over your head holding your shoulders up. Then cut it using a word like, “Release” or hear the sound of scissors snipping. You will probably have to repeat it a few seconds later, as the shoulders are GOING to want to go back up; they were used to that position.
Cut, relax, repeat. Sounds like a hair salon.
Anyway, it works.
You can consciously relax any muscle in your body. You’re not going to accidentally shit yourself [unless you have a problem at the time], so just relax your muscles – at least the ones that are tense.
Then, look up. Look to the left and up a little. Just a glance.
That’s about all it takes. Suddenly you hear stuff around you you didn’t notice a moment before.
There’s a lot of complicated methods for getting there, and they work as well. Basically, you’re giving yourself triggers. Pavlov doggie style, but perhaps a little less saliva and a little more “getting you back to that place” in a jiffy.
If you’ve never been there before.. well.. then you might need some more complicated methods to break though some crud first. Or you might not. Everybody’s different.
Kenneth Udut oh yeah and counting when you breath. One method is breathing in for a count of six, holding for six, breathing out for a count of six.
It’s just being conscious of something you don’t normally pay attention. And – that’s the point: being present is paying attention to something you don’t normally pay attention to: RIGHT NOW.
That’s why noticing the stuff your body does without trying to control but rather ‘letting it go’ is so helpful: your brain is ALWAYS doing something with your muscles at the present moment. Doing the opposite of control; going into “aware”, makes a big difference to your sense of presence.