Being Present For What Is

Being present for what is going on at all moments takes some effort. We often brush our teeth, drive home, or even converse with someone without fully being present. What does it feel like to be present? It is the feeling of being engaged in a conversation, remembering all the corners you came around to get home and brushing each tooth with precision. How do you get to this place?

You have to pay attention to the places that hurt, that scare you, that don’t interest you or that you don’t want to touch. You have to greet these with care, with love, and with compassion. Ask what these are showing you, what their message is. When we shy away from the places we don’t want to go, we go through our day unaware of our other activities. Take a breath, roll your shoulders back and down, and ask. You are worth knowing.

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