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This Moment is All You Have: Be Present

Throughout my travels and my life, one of the prominent themes that I’m constantly aware of, is that here in America, we (many, but not all of us) rarely sit comfortably in the present moment. One of my favorite memories of Italy is sitting outside and actually enjoying my cappuccinos!

Many of us don’t do this in America. We are always checking our schedules, running late for an appointment, and thinking about what task we have left to accomplish.We rarely stop to listen to our surroundings, feel the heat of the sun on our faces, or observe the tiny little experiences that are constantly occurring around us.

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I’m guilty of this as well. However, I know that when I do stop, and practice being present, -being in the moment, I’m amazed at what I notice, and I’m always aware of the sense of peace I feel within.

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Do you practice being present? What do you notice? What might we be missing out when we’re not present? Think about it…

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Loving your post and oh so important to be in the present moment for sure! Happy Wednesday:)

    July 18, 2012
  2. you would think that living in NYC would cause me to be completely caught up in the go-go-go. However, I found that it has done the opposite. I sit on park benches and enjoy my diverse surroundings now more than ever.

    July 18, 2012
    • I am very jealous! Sometimes I think I did the when I lived in Chicago. Maybe ironically, it’s the crazy, manic culture of big cities that make us more aware and allow us to sit and observe more than we would otherwise.

      July 19, 2012
  3. Nina, so important- really the key. Keep sending your great messages to us.

    July 19, 2012

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