What is Presence?
Living in the now from a place of acceptance
Taking responsiblity for ourselves so we are free to love others
Living fully in our body
Focusing on one task at a time
Being mindful of how we are communicating with others
Witnessing the quality of our thoughts
Forgiving the past
Accepting that we cannot control the future
Becoming best friends with ourselves
“If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence.”
Thich Naht Hann
5 Minute Find Your Presence Meditation
I invite you to make yourself comfortable, sitting on a cushion on the floor or in a straight back chair – in a position that reflects wakefulness and dignity. If it is comfortable for you, I invite you to gently close your eyes and if not create a low gaze on the floor. I invite you to drop your shoulders and let your upper body be supported by the stable base of your pelvic area. You may notice how your head and neck are balanced on your shoulders, and you might also be aware of the points of contact with cushion or chair you are sitting on. Notice if there are any points of pressure. If you are sitting in a chair, you might notice the contact between your feet and the floor. Notice how you are being supported by the earth.
When you are ready you can become aware of the fact that you are breathing. Notice where you feel the breath most in your body. It might be the passage of air in the nostrils or the rise and fall of the chest or belly. Wherever it is, let your attention be drawn to this sensation in your body and use this as an anchor for this practice. Notice the breath in and the out breath out. Our life begins when we take our first breath in and we end our life when we take our last breath out. Life is every breath in between... Continue Reading
Meditating on Presence
Being in the present moment takes us out of past and future worries
Meditating frequently allows us to reconnect with our sensual bodies here in the now
Presence allows us to experience the gifts held in each moment
Presence is contagious!