Be Here Now. Sounds great. But, if you have ever tried to be here now by simply willing yourself to do it, you know how hard it can be. It is especially difficult to bring yourself to be calm when you’re very agitated. That’s because you’re trying to override very powerful impulses from your nervous system: the fight-or-flight response that is activated in all of us when we perceive a threat of some sort.
In order to effectively get a grip, you need to embrace what is happening inside. Embrace the full experience, enter into it, as opposed to thinking about it abstractly. But enter into it without getting sucked into it. In other words: Grasp it.
Now, this sounds like a tall order. And it is, indeed, very hard to do if you try to do it from the outside, so to speak, by trying to think your way into it. But it is much easier if you literally get in touch with your emotions. How? See: One-minute mindful pause: get in touch with your felt sense