A quiet journaling series. Read here to learn more about following along from June 19 – August 28.
When you wash your hands, when you make a cup of coffee, when you’re waiting for the elevator – instead of indulging in thinking, these are all opportunities for being there as a still, alert presence.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~
It’s simple – and not so simple – to stay present with what we’re doing. Like so much in life, staying present requires practice – is a practice. We might have moments of feeling fully present only to get swept away with a deadline for work or some other task. The practice then is simply – or not so simply – to try again.
• Make a quick list of times when you can practice being present (for example: maybe when you wash the dishes, maybe while you brew your coffee or tea, maybe while you brush your teeth). Consider using these moments/activities as quiet touchstones for yourself.
• Choose something from the list you made and imagine yourself in that situation. If you were doing that activity/task right now, what might you be seeing, smelling, touching, tasting, hearing? The next time you do this thing, explore your senses in that moment. Working with our senses is a wonderful way to ground and come center…to be present in a moment. Give it a try.
• Pick one of the things on your list (just one, for now) and, during the coming week, practice being present when you find yourself in that situation. Maybe, if you like, come back to your list and give yourself a little check mark, or a heart, or a star…something to note your commitment to practicing presence.
always the love, m
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