6 Paths of Personal Presence for Leaders
What is Personal Presence?
Personal Presence is a state of being, characterized by an expanded awareness in which you are magnificently resourceful. In presence, states such as awareness of awareness, truth, love, compassion, courage and authenticity are immediately at hand.
Why would you want Personal Presence?
Personal Presence allows access to your own greatness; it’s a path to supporting and influencing greatness in others. It gives you a place of being, from where to make the most informed decisions, the most compassionate choices, overcome fear, and access courage and, all the while you get to feel the feeling of ease. Ease is something that is becoming more and scarcer in our lives. The qualities that personal presence gives you access to, are ones that are key for high level personal leadership.
What follows is a high level list of paths towards presence. Within these paths is a call for practice. It is through the practicing, that you can increase your own level of personal presence and improve your own personal leadership capacity.
Here are 6 possible paths toward Personal Presence:
1. Using your breath
Just by becoming more fully aware of your breath and breathing can be one way to bring you more present. When we are quiet and relaxed, our breathing will have an ease and calm-way about it. By becoming more fully aware of your breath and all of it’s qualities you will notice you will come more into the present moment with just a little help from your own autonomic nervous system.
2. Using your voice
Chanting can be a fun way to get more into the present. If that seems a little out there for you – try singing your own name softly, gently and with full sound – and repeat it 4 or 5 times. Notice how the energy of your name vibrates in your head.
3. Using your thoughts
Step 1 is to see our thoughts just as thoughts – and thus avoiding getting caught up in the meaning of our thoughts. Step 2 is to become more aware of the background that exists behind our thoughts is a very effective and longer acting version of getting and living in presence. This can take a more little practice and can become a natural way of being present with extended practice.
4. Using your heart
By engaging in projecting and inner smile or an open heart, filling your heart with love, caring, compassion can be one way of bring yourself more present. The Heart Math Institute has done extensive research on measuring the amount of coherence that can be reached with this method. There are products out on the market that can help you measure the amount of coherence you are able to maintain.
5. Using your perception and beliefs
Seeing everything as connected in some way can be a mindset that can bring you onto the path to presence. The more aware you can be of the interconnectedness of everything – the more present you become. The more you become aware of the gap between the past and the future, the more aware of the present you become. The more aware of the edges of your own limits in perception – and then extending past those, the more present you can be come.
6. Using your body
Becoming aware of the world of sensations as energy in our bodies is one of the most effective paths to personal presence. Doing body scans to become more and more aware of the somatic responses and then being present to those energies will lead you to greater and greater capacity for presence.
You may want to explore some practices for yourself on the path to personal presence. There are many practices that one can engage into to improve your somatic capacity. Things like aikido, yoga, chi-gong, tai chi, rock climbing, centering exercises, singing, chanting, swimming or walking are some practices that can be enjoyed. They key to any practice is to find one that you enjoy doing and that you are willing to be fully present in.