It's a Practice Not a Performance
In this week's Brainpickings, Maria Popova writes this about Amy Cuddy's book Presence—Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges: "At the heart of Cuddy’s research is the idea that the opposite of powerlessness, that ultimate fuel of impostor syndrome, isn’t power but what she terms presence — the ability to inhabit and trust the integrity of one’s own values, feelings, and capabilities. This capacity for presence is the seedbed of the confidence, courage, and resilience required to rise to even the most daunting of life’s challenges." Presence is not a gift, it is a skill that can be cultivated--no, must be cultivated. And we do this by taking up a reflective practice, a mindfulness practice that allows us to hold a bay the frightening bulk of data relentlessly bombarding us. The practice is this: get quiet and experience the body in this moment. This stilling of the mind, combined with a felt-sense in the body, is the gateway to having access to the "confidence, courage, and resilience" we need to navigate our world effectively.
It's not easy, so don't judge yourself. It's a practice, not a performance. "Practice and all is coming." K. Pattabhi Jois