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  1. w
    wanja

    being grateful for the lessons in the past and embracing now.

    10 months ago
  2. d
    db82258

    Listening to “Becoming Stillness” by Franciscan Monk Richard Rohr and hearing the truth of it, meet the wild beast.

    10 months ago
  3. Elaine

    Keep showing up to this beautiful site and community of practitioners.
    Grateful living is about being present and requires constant practice!

    10 months ago
  4. Malag

    There’s nothing limiting in my capacity to be present. I just need to realise that I am here. One “trick” I can build on some more is to associate presence with a routine task like cleaning my teeth. And then spread to some of the many other activities of the day.

    10 months ago
  5. ADP

    Be more aware of my surroundings, not take things for granted. Don’t just spend my days going through the motions. Each day brings something new. Something new to learn or to experience. If you are not truly present you will miss it.

    10 months ago
  6. Melissa

    Take three deep breaths and listen, hold my voice. Embrace what I see and what is in front of me in the moment. Stop my mind from going all over the place my taking in the moment with each breath.

    10 months ago
  7. mam_gigi

    To be present, I would have to set aside my anxiety for the future and never-ending t0-do list and instead really be observant and avaible in the moment I am in.

    10 months ago
  8. Elle

    Pay attention to the background noise. Don’t let myself get deeper & deeper into the hole- but, when the past or future starts invading my ‘headspace’…..gently release it [or, when need be] get the 250 lb. Bouncer-of-my-mind to escort those busy-bodies AWAY {while} getting to a present breath & what’s right in front of me.

    10 months ago
  9. Layla

    Knowing that tomorrow is not promised. Embracing today.

    10 months ago
  10. Don Jones

    By being quiet.

    10 months ago
  11. pkr

    Remind myself often thru out the day to breathe. Focusing on my breath not only calms me but reminds me to be in the moment, the present moment.

    10 months ago
  12. Antoinette

    I can improve by using the energy of mindfulness to come back from a mind either off in the future or lost in the past. Then I can come back to the present moment and notice all of the goodness around me! Mindfulness is the energy which helps to shine light on what’s really happening.
    What’s really happening? Most of the the time there is almost always something to enjoy and be grateful for!
    Mindfulness is the magic of healing and love!

    10 months ago
  13. Linda

    Just do it. I know how, I just need to do it.

    10 months ago
  14. Charlie T

    So much good advice here. Real wisdom. I think meditation is helping me. Also, caching myself when I slip into past or future thinking. I know it’s a sign that something is off and I’m escaping from this moment.

    10 months ago
    1. L
      Laura M.

      Your post has helped me! Those last two lines really reminded me I need to meditate more often. Thank you!

      10 months ago
  15. S
    Stefania Miseria

    I am never anywhere but rather everywhere at the same time. Scattering myself is easy, the hardest thing is to be here and that even when I write these words.

    10 months ago
  16. Holly in Ohio

    In this moment, I need to let go of an irritation, so I can enjoy THIS moment, rather than sour it by dwelling on the irritation that was. 🙂

    Time for a delicious coffee!☕

    10 months ago
  17. Carol

    I find practicing mindfulness extremely helpful. I have to pause, check in and see what I’m telling my self. A lot of voices live in my head and sometimes it’s necessary to call a meeting and remind them who’s chairman of the board! I have to be present to myself before I can be present to others. This question reminds me of a poem I wrote in 2009. I share it below. Have you ever noticed that the words “Now here” and “No where” contain the same letters?

    Now Here or No Where

    If one is not NOW HERE,
    one is NO WHERE

    The intellect craves a place.
    The spirit flows like the wind
    into every nook and cranny.

    When someone recounts an experience,
    they might say, “You had to be there.”
    But to truly “be there” you have to “be here,”
    Present to the one sharing the memory.

    You can run “there” to get away from “here,”
    But you most likely will find yourself
    NO WHERE,
    lost and disappointed.

    Now Here or No Where
    Your choice moment by moment

    10 months ago
  18. Patricia

    Having a good night of sleep improves my capacity for presence, for kindness, for almost everything good in my life.

    10 months ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I hear you! I hope you start getting better sleep, Patricia. 🏵

      10 months ago
  19. EJP

    Stop. Look . Go.

    10 months ago
  20. Mary Pat

    Definitely meditation! Practicing is a plus for staying in the present moment. I have an app on my iPhone that stays breathe, and you can set it for a certain number of times a day, and it pops up for me during the day to remind me to take a moment and breathe. This really connects me to the moment.
    There are times when I am deeply scattered, and Kevin reminded me in his writing that I used to go to YouTube and watch the Tibetan monks humming/singing mantras. Thanks Kevin for the reminder!

    10 months ago
  21. sunnypatti48317

    I have a tendency to get lost in my thoughts. I used to think being a master multitasker was a good quality, but not so much anymore! If I focus on my breath, I am able to be more present with a situation, person, or just myself. So I breathe in with intention and breathe out with peace.

    10 months ago
  22. Nelson

    I use the Pomodoro method at work. Focused, intentional work for 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break. During those 25 minutes, no distractions. No phone. No browsing. I get a lot done when I’m present.

    10 months ago
  23. Butterfly

    I am just now reading The Sun My Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh and finding his teaching a great help in focusing my “being present”.

    10 months ago
  24. Maurice Frank

    Stop myself when my urge to task switch occurs.

    10 months ago
  25. J
    Jules B

    I think trying to be more aware of transitions is helpful – not to mindlessly move on to the next thing – pick up my phone, put the radio on, go and get the washing, make lunch . ..using transition points as noticing points brings me to the present

    10 months ago
    1. Sandra

      This is so helpful, Jules, thank you

      10 months ago
    2. Maurice Frank

      Jules, I never thought of presence that way. Thank you for this insight.

      10 months ago
  26. Marnie Jackson

    Focus on what is happening in front of me – and be more self-aware of my ruminating thoughts.

    10 months ago
  27. Carla

    I’ve slipped into multi-tasking, again, as the “to do” list seems to be growing. When I was a child (in 1960’s) my mother took in ironing to feed us 5 kids. These were the times of long sleeved white shirts that needed starching. She focused on one shirt at a time, while I sat nearby coloring, chatting and practicing spelling for school. I need to “iron more,” focus on the singular item before me.

    10 months ago
  28. Michele

    Focusing.

    10 months ago
    1. Maurice Frank

      That would help me too. Thank you.

      10 months ago
  29. Kevin

    Being silent, either in worship or sitting in silence by myself, helps me to be present to the here and now throughout my day.

    I also find it helpful to read the words, prayers, and mantras (sometimes sung) of other people from various traditions and cultures regarding the concept and practice of being present. Yet on this particular topic, I keep coming back to the following prayer:

    “Dear God of all time and all creatures, help me to live fully within this cycle of infinity that is your gift to me. Make me less fearful of the measure of time, and more fully alive in the time that simply is. Help me to live time, not just to use it; to breathe it in, and return it in acts of love and presence.” – Avis Crowe

    10 months ago
    1. Maurice Frank

      Thank you, Kevin, for sharing this beautiful prayer.

      10 months ago

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