January is a great time to start a practice of PRESENCE. I’ve heard from many that the winter post-holiday blah’s have kicked in. It often happens at this time of year when we’ve had lots of activity around the holidays (as well as lots of food and drink!). After the holidays, you may have set New Year’s goals and now they’re getting tiresome. This is the perfect time to take a few moments a day to start cultivating the practice of presence. Many call this meditating or silence and solitude, but practicing presence doesn’t have to follow any particular formula. The goal is to take a couple minutes to REALLY be PRESENT to the moment you’re living in. Put down the phone, turn off the TV, put down the to do list. Take a few deep breaths (really deep!), notice the smells around you, the sounds, how your body feels, enjoy the beauty of the things around you. Many of us, myself included, forget to truly live in the moment. This practice can be a daily reminder to fully engage in our lives.
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