PRACTICING PRESENTNESS – LIVING IN THE NOW

Presentness is being fully present in the current moment.

Presentness is being the person you are, in the place you are, with the people you are with right now.

Presentness is tuning yourself and your senses in to this instant:  Hearing the sounds and voices; Seeing the sights and faces; Smelling the aromas; Touching the textures; Tasting the foods and drinks;

Presentness is training and teaching yourself to take notice of and experience the details of life happening in and around you, and it takes practice to be present. Far too many people are living everywhere but now. They are looking back or looking ahead – reminiscing over who and where they used to be, or wondering about who and where they’re gonna be; all the while missing the most important time of all – now.

One of the great benefits of presentness is gaining awareness of yourself – understanding who you are, why you feel what you feel, and why you behave as you do.

So try this:

Start being who you are right now. Be (act) your age too. Kids shouldn’t try to be grown-ups, and grown-ups shouldn’t try to be kids. Being “young” at heart doesn’t mean you have to look, dress, or act like a youngster. And being “mature” for your age doesn’t mean you have to be all serious. Enjoy the age you are and the stage of life you are in right now.

Start being where you are right now.

Stop.  Be still.  Stay quiet and calm.  Practice Presentness.

Open your ears…

What do you hear around you right now? Take a present sense of your surroundings – all the sounds of people, machines, creatures…

Open your eyes…

What do you see around you right now? Take a present sense of your surroundings – all the sights of people, plants, buildings, colors, creatures, things…

Open your nose…

What do you smell around you right now? Take a present sense of your surroundings – all the smells in your current location, on yourself, on your clothes, other people, foods, drinks, machinery, nature…

Open your touch…

What do you feel around you right now? Take a present sense of your surroundings – all the things your body is in contact with – the clothes, shoes, hats, gloves on your body; whatever you may be sitting on, standing on, leaning against; what is in your reach that you can tough with your hands, your feet, your skin?

Open your taste buds…

What do you taste in your mouth right now? Take a present sense of your surroundings – all the foods and drinks you currently have or may have already had.

Open your emotions…

What do you feel within you right now? Take a present sense of your inner self – all the emotion you are experiencing. Are you mad, sad, glad, anxious, afraid, surprised?

Finally, open yourself up to the others you are with and around right now. Put down the phone or whatever other device you have, and get to know the people you are with and around…and let them get to know you too.

Practice Presentness – live in the now!

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