Americans as a whole are challenged by being fully “present.” We tend to value quantity over quality. We find ourself looking for more before we have fully embraced what we have. We often settle for skimming the surface of something instead of seeking to fully understand.
Rather than seeking too deeply engage with those around us, we find our minds wandering to what we need to accomplish, how we are going to respond, or what we are doing next.
Being present is an art.
When we are present, we are fully engaged in the moment, without judgment or distraction. It means that we are not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, but rather experiencing the present moment in its entirety.
When we are fully engaged in the moment, we are not worrying about what might happen or what has already happened. Instead, we are focused on what is happening right now, which can help us to feel more calm and centered.
Being present can also help to improve our relationships with others. When we are fully engaged in a conversation or activity with someone, we are showing them that we value their time and attention. This can lead to deeper connections and a greater sense of well-being.
However, being present is not always easy.
We live in a world that is full of distractions, and it can be difficult to stay focused on the present moment. But with practice, we can learn to be more present in our daily lives. Some strategies that can help include mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and simply taking a few moments each day to pause and appreciate the present moment.
It is a gift to those around us. But mostly it is an act of generosity to ourselves. When we are present we don’t miss the moments that escape us when we are distracted. We take in sights, smells, sounds, memories that will add color and sparkle to our lives. Don’t let life slip by.
Challenge yourself to be present. Awake. Engaged. Alive.
Written by: GROW Staff
Article Updated: January 22, 2024