As I sat outside Sip & Ship, a wonderful locally owned coffee/shipping store, I sipped my hemp milk latte. Drake’s beats played in my earbuds as I pulled out my notebook to write- about what I felt was prudent for me & my community on this day- living in the present moment.
As I put pen to paper, I giggled to myself. Becuase I wasn’t even present in the moment I intended to write about being present.
So I pulled my headphones out, slide them back into my bag, sat back in the chair to look up at the sunshine beating down on my face.
And then, as if it was written in a movie script, I took a deep breath in through the nose- slightly opening my mouth to exhale.
This is presence.
It’s not necessarily focusing on one thing- although I have found presence in that. Presence is so many things. Because in each moment, there is a special abundance. Of peace. Of happiness. Of gratitude. Of love. A sense of real fullness. If you can just arrive.
Try taking space in between the texts, calls, emails, conversations, tasks, activities, hobbies…to look around. To look up and see the beauty of the world that surrounds you.
I invite you to practice presence in your life today. To see the beauty and fullness that’s alive and exists in this moment. Right here. Right now.
Here are some of my favorite techniques to arrive:
- Stomp your feet (yes- connect with the floor under you)
- Look at things as if it’s your first time seeing them
- Pay attention to the details
- Set an alarm every hour to look around and take in your surroundings. To make space in the places in between.
- Single task
- Breath. Long, deep, full inhales and exhales. Both are important