I spend my life practicing 'presence' I apply it to my art making all the time, it is the place easiest for me BUT it isn't always easy and sometimes I just forget for ages!
BUT every dawn I remind myself, 'Be here NOW', Nothing matters if you're not happy, not success, not love, not money. It is meaningless if you aren't a happy person. These are my words to me.
I do short sessions of yoga sometimes two or three times a day, I breathe consciously and deeply whenever I remember , I settle my body when it fires up, I do my best to relax when in the past I would fist up to fight... when I feel hate/hurt, which of course sometimes I do, I exhale and tell myself I would rather be happy than right. I choose to take responsibility even when I don't like what I created and/or it seems like someone else was to blame.
THESE are my tools.
LAST NIGHT I noticed a feeling like a crystal clear space open up in my heart, sounds kooky and hard to explain. I realised that I had very occasionally had a tiny awareness of this feeling in my life, it starts with more of a true feeling of being present like, a delight in being in the now but when it's attended to consistently it opens something up!
haha all the words 'OPEN YOUR HEART' actually finally mean something, well have an experiential meaning. I ALSO realised that we can't know at all until we experience it, so this is where faith in your process comes in.
I thought my heart was open, I thought I was present but that all pales in context to this experience.
We can't help it, for whatever reason we protected ourselves we put layer upon layer of coating over our chakras or between uS and our feeling body... You know I really don't fully know how or why it all works, all I know is that HAVE FAITH in your intentions!!
Have faith and every morning persist that you would rather be happy and free than anything else and let yourself off the hook, just follow your own path of awakening , become curious, let your creative soul lead you in to delicious clarity of experience and emotion and physicality.
Art your way, Breathe your way, Yoga your way, Walk your way.... know that it is ALL accounting to your best experience and one day you will have indisputable evidence to support your diligent self-work.