Being Present

 In Character

I have lots of things going on in my life, and at times, they become a jumble, and I have trouble sorting them out in my mind. The result is that I often end up feeling overwhelmed and not knowing which to tackle first. When this happens, I realize that I’m so into my head and out of my body that I’m not at all in touch with the ‘now.’

So, this month, I’m reflecting on what I call “being present.” Being present means that I focus on what I’m doing and feeling right now—not on what I did yesterday or will do tomorrow, but right now. Amazingly, when I do this for at least 10 minutes, it clears my brain, relaxes my body, and allows me to concentrate once again.

There is something very calming and peaceful about being ‘in the now.’ Stopping everything and becoming aware of what my body is doing. Is my breathing deep or shallow? Where are my muscles tense? Am I warm or cold?

When I am ‘present,’ I also notice what’s happening outside my body: the way the blossoms blowing off the trees look like snowflakes, how the sun feels as it warms my face, and the texture of soft, squishy grass under my feet.

Many years ago, when my children were toddlers, they taught me the beauty of ‘being present.’ Small children are always in the present. They don’t worry about what they have done or will do. They live in the moment.

If you’ve ever walked with a toddler, you know that everything is fascinating. They see the beautiful leaf, the caterpillar crossing the sidewalk, and the lovely rocks in the driveway. Taking a walk with my small children was an adventure. They taught me to slow down and take time to notice the present instead of focusing on moving ahead to our destination. For them, the process was the destination.

Now, when I feel overwhelmed and scattered, I remind myself to stop, take a deep breath, and just ‘be present.’ It makes all the difference.

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