‘Wherever you are, be all there.’ ~ Jim Elliot
I’m in yoga class… and although it’s all about relaxing, slowing down the breath, and connecting inwards… my mind is racing a mile a minute. I’m hearing the sounds of the instructor speaking, and yet I have NO idea what he’s saying!
I’m there, but I’m totally NOT there.
All of a sudden I come back to the moment, and realize we’re all in Warrior II pose. Sweet! Subconsciously I knew where to go. And then I realize I’m the only one with my right foot forward, while everyone else has their left. OOPS.
“S#*%! Carol, pay attention! Be in the moment!” I say to myself.
Has this ever happened to you?
Perhaps it’s not while in yoga class, but it’s while having a phone conversation and your mind is running over your grocery list. Or you’re watching a game and totally not watching a game. Or you’re spending time with someone, yet also half thinking about what meeting or to-do is next on the agenda.
With all of the competing demands for our time and attention coming at us from various sides and angles and dimensions at any given time, it’s understandable that it’s sometimes a challenge to stay present.
And yet, that’s not a good enough excuse not to practice the art of being present.
Wherever you are, be all there.
I’m sharing these words today as I TOTALLY NEED TO LISTEN TO THEM!
I had a difficult, yet very important conversation, with someone very special to me recently. It turns out it’s not just in yoga class when I’m not always all there.
You see I have a habit of double-booking myself… or thinking I can squeeze in more than is really realistic, resulting in less of being present, and more if being in a frenzied type of energy rushing from one thing to the next.
I look at it as being optimistic, thinking I really can be everywhere and see everyone and say yes to everything… however in an effort of wanting to maximize my time, ironically I end up minimizing some of the moments that truly matter.
Although as I wrote about last week, no need to apologize for being busy, unless of course you’re not being present, and not having the opportunity to truly enjoy, anything that’s on that busy schedule.
Wherever you are, be all there.
For the record, I do NOT have it all figured out (If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m not afraid to get real!) And presence is something I talk a lot about, because I am also very much in the practice of it.
And that’s exactly what it is. A practice.
Here are three ways that can help your ‘presence practice.’
Ask yourself WHY you’re doing any given activity.
If you’re not 100% bought in, it’ll be harder for you to be present. Ever said yes to an event when you should’ve said no? And then while you’re there you’re anywhere BUT there? Ever felt like you SHOULD sneak in a yoga class, even though you know your priorities are elsewhere?
Get super honest with yourself.
Learn to figure out when you’re merely trying to please others, or whether your schedule – or your mental capacity – can actually handle something else on the calendar or task list.
Become an observer of your life.
Notice life as it happens. Have some sort of spiritual practice to help you notice the moments. Plus, when you’re truly in the moment, it’s not possible to have regrets (which means you’re living in the past) nor anxieties (which means you’re living in a non-existent future)
It’s only in this moment ~ right here, right now ~ where the magic happens. Don’t try to squeeze in so much you can’t enjoy the magic in the moment.
Right now, I just dropped my shoulders, took a breath, and took a moment to enjoy the sweet scent of coffee and the familiar sounds of people chatting and sipping and savouring around me.
Wherever you are, be all there. Enjoy the magic in the moments. (Click to tweet it out!)
(or, you might just end up spilling your green smoothie all over your work space… when your hands are doing one thing and your mind is somewhere else. That photo above was me yesterday, HA!)
Have a FAB week!
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