Before we can even begin to experience gratitude and find beauty in everyday moments, we need to be present in those very moments to begin with.
If you're anything like me, you can be physically present at times but mentally miles away. It robs us of the beauty of the moment and creates a sense of unrest.
This time of year can find us rushing from place to place and it is easy to be never really present, always thinking about all that needs to be done or where we need to be next.
Adding a little mindfulness and presence to your day can profoundly increase your contentment and calm, whatever the day might bring.
Here are a few simple ways to be more present today:
- Stop for a moment before you hop out of your car to take a few deep breaths and choose to ‘arrive’ and be present.
- Look into people’s eyes when they're talking or when you are talking to them.
- Choose to stop several times throughout the day and take a few deep belly breaths. Maybe each time you stop at a traffic light, put the kettle on or use the photocopier at work?
- Become aware of all your senses – what can you see, feel, hear and smell in this moment?
I hope that wherever today takes you, that you can be all there.