Present is an adjective defined as "being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current."
Being present in the moment is a real challenge for so many of us. When you are having a conversation with someone, do you find yourself drifting off and thinking about all the stuff you need to get done tomorrow, all the while you are nodding your head and saying a few "mm hmms" to show you're engaged with what they are saying? Yes, I know you feel me because we've all done this! What's sad is that by doing this, we miss the purity of the moment!
To be present is to be fully immersed in your current surroundings.
Be it watching the waves at the beach, reveling in the scenery of a sunset in the car or enjoying the beauty of the background notes in a song, it's important to stay in place for moment and not multitask your thoughts. I find myself having an issue with being present because I'll drift off all the time about all the things I need to do with Truly Aesthetic while I'm out having dinner with friends and it's not right because they deserve my full attention.
Being present means realizing that this moment really is not about you at all.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a glorious Air Plant 101 Terrarium class with my best friend Jessi and before I went in, I said to myself that I would be fully present and enjoy this moment. I was fully engaged in the lessons, enjoyed conversations with new people and delved deeply into creating a living work of art for my home. I'll be honest and say that it wasn't easy because things were definitely pressing on my mind. However, when I felt my mind trying to drift away, I took a deep breath and refocused immediately. I can say with confidence that it was one of the best times I've had in a long time, all because I made a concerted effort to stay in the present.
What ways are you present in your life? Having trouble staying in the moment? Please share your thoughts and solutions below!