I will be present.

Written on 02/24/2020
Jamie Gilliam

Speak out loud and write in your journal:

I will be present. 

Then think about your day to day life.  Are you truly present eacy day?  Present with yourself, your significant other, your family, your friends, in activities, in tasks?  

It is easy to walk through life always distracted or focused on tomorrow instead of being fully present in today.  The beauty in feeling each moment deeply, in truly enjoying life to it's fullest....is so incredible. We tend to be so overwhelmed in our society with work, family and other stresses of life.  It takes practice and effort to be mindful and present. 

There are many ways to bring mindfulness into your daily life, even when you don’t have a chance to sit down in a quiet place. One method I like to use is called the “ART” of being present.

Activities:  Bring mindfulness into the activities you do and love, like gardening, running, biking, swimming…

Routines: Choose one of your daily routines and bring mindfulness to it: folding clothes, washing dishes, vacuuming, walking to work, eating lunch.

Triggers: We all have things that set us off: snarky emails, annoying colleagues, mindless drivers. Choose one and decide to replace your angry reaction with the flash of being present.

Take a moment to write down 2 areas in your life where you can choose to be more present.

For me, I've been practicing being more present with my children and my spouse.  I schedule time each day just for my children that allows them my undivided attention.  We read or just play.  My phone is put away, tv off and it is just us.  I also schedule at minimum, one date night per week with my husband.  Just us without distractions.