When we are present, we are living in truth and in flow with dharma (the truth and wisdom of the universe). The easiest way to “get present” is to get present to the body, because the body is the part of you that is always present.
The body is the wisest part of you, much smarter than your (thinking) brain (what you call your “intelligence”). Your body is always present – breathing, keeping the heart beating, digesting your food, making endless little adjustments so “YOU” do not have to do these things.
If you had to remember to do what the body does naturally, you would die very quickly – and that does not even consider that you have no idea how the body knows what to do and the enormity of wisdom it contains.
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This is why the main spiritual practice of all traditions is about presence – becoming present to the breath (usually). In the present moment there is no room for suffering – all is bliss. Suffering needs time and distance between the “actual reality” / the magic and beauty of the present, and the ‘self-created reality” you inhabit. That reality of opinions, ideas about how things should be – regrets, hopes.. you know all the stuff our body frees us up to think about.
The 1st house is that open and clear presence and shows that “Your True Reality” is but an aggregate of what you have actually experienced (1st house), not what you think about – etc.
Your body is the wisdom of the universe gifted to you. Being present to it and its wisdom is the only way you will ever open the door of truth. But we live 99% of our life in the third house – in our mind, in “our version of truth”.
The Ego is not the first house, it is the third house.