Mountain Zen Den ~ Episode 40 – Practicing Presence

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“When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Meditation has hit the mainstream big time as a primary way to deal with all the pressures, stress and anxiety that comes with life. It is also a great tool for achieving and enhancing relaxation, focus and even productivity. It helps optimize the brain and gives it a state of restful alertness.

But I believe the best thing about meditation is it’s ability to help us be present and in the moment.

How often have you gone through your day and at the end of it can barely recall what you did, who you were with or what happened that day?

Life goes by so fast and before you know it, if you aren’t paying attention to all the moments that make up life you’ve missed it!

I’m reminded of Kenny Chesney’s song “Don’t Blink”, where he says, “Don’t blink, just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap, and you wake up and you’re twenty five…trust me friend, a hundred years goes faster than you think, so don’t blink…”

We’ve all been given the same 24 hours a day, but the practice of presence not only helps us be more productive in those 24 hours, but actually enjoy, remember, and frame them as meaningful moments.

A great way to be present is to simply ask yourself, “Am I present?” The moment you do you become present. Try it and see if it’s not true. It’s a great little habit to get into!

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