Just show up!

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

life

While engaged in the “Creating the Impossible” course with Michael Neill, he used a phrase I’d never considered before. The phrase was ‘showing up’.

Initially, I wasn’t sure what he was getting at. I was showing up each day by waking up, going to work, taking care of my family and all the other little details of a busy life. I tried to keep my life balanced and positive.

But the more I listened to him, I began to understand what he was getting at. I was getting up, going to work and doing all the other things, but half of the time my mind was some place else or focused on an expectation.

Let’s take work example: I showed up every day, not really liking what I was doing, but I liked the pay cheque. I showed up with the sole purpose of monetary reward and went through the motions of productivity. I did what was required to get the reward, but gave little else. Much of the time I was tangled up in my thinking around liking or not liking the job/the people/the company. Or, I would drift around ‘been there done that’ so why am I here again, and the one going schemes for moving on.

When I saw this, I realized that I had been doing this for much of life. I had a huge list of hidden agendas for doing what I was doing, all of them lofty and designed to get approval. There appeared to be a hook at the end of all of my actions.

Then there is Michael’s version of ‘showing up’ that stems from the inside. This showing up comes from inner guidance. When you show up in this way you are open to whatever. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, where you are or what the conditions, you give it your all.

You leave your judgements, expectations and evaluations behind and give your attention to whatever is before you in that moment. This is what it means to show up to life.

As Eckhart Tolle says, “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.”

When I began to show up, with my full attention and understanding that I chose this, everything changed.

I began to realize I could be happy anywhere, doing anything. I saw how the power of my thinking pulled me away from the present and was the result of so much of my unhappiness.

In addition to this, everything began to be easier. I was getting tasks done in record time with no stress. I was more creative and opportunities began to appear. Most of all, my actions came from a place of joy. The joy of doing a great job without strings!

Yes, I appreciate the pay cheque at the end of the month, but that is not why I do what I do. I see money is an expression of appreciation (a term borrowed from Robert Scheinfeld) for my showing up with joy! Life is so much simpler.

Life happens, that is inevitable, but how I show up for each situation is up to me. I know that if I am struggling I have stepped away from the moment and inner awareness momentarily. All it takes is a breath and an awareness of the moment to bring me back to centre.

I would love to hear from you. Did this article generate an insight or stir up some questions? Let me know.

In Joy!

Comments

  1. says

    Hey Carolynne

    I have a long way to go before achieving such self-awareness, but I enjoyed your post. Thank you so much!

    “Then there is Michael’s version of ‘showing up’ that stems from the inside. This showing up comes from inner guidance. When you show up in this way you are open to whatever. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, where you are or what the conditions, you give it your all.

    You leave your judgements, expectations and evaluations behind and give your attention to whatever is before you in that moment. This is what it means to show up to life.”

    LOVE this.

    #HUGSSSSSS

    Kitto

    • says

      Hi Kitto,
      Thank you so much for writing. Self-awareness is something you already have no need to achieve it. It just comes. I love your insight about inner guidance, just show up what ever is happening around you and give your full attention.

      In Joy
      Carolynne

  2. Pat Hocaluk says

    I take a core yoga class weekly. Initially I showed up because I had prepaid for the class. It was a
    difficult class due to some of my injuries and balance. As I reflected upon your article I realized I began to show up because I began to fell better after the class and also felt a sense of accomplishment. Eventually I stopped comparing myself to others as to whether I could or couldn’t do something. I just enjoyed the time I was there.

    In regards to my work that is more complicated. I always show up, with resistance as it is always so unpredictable and always hoping that no crisis will happen so I can actually get done what I planned to do. I guess that I forgot I chose this career.When I reflect upon the times that I just started doing what had to be done instead of what I wanted to do things did go better.

    • says

      Often work is one area we find it hardest to make adjustments. The more you just show up and do what has to be done without worrying about all that isn’t getting done, then more that actually happens. At least that is my experience. Let me know how this goes.

      In Joy
      Carolynne

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