The holidays are a very hectic time for a lot of people, I know for me it is one of the busiest times at All in the Balance so I really do get it. Last week I was finding myself a little on edge worrying about meeting some deadlines and I was not liking how it was making me feel. I started to feel very anxious and noticed I was not really being productive at all. Thankfully I recognized that I was heading down a dangerous and counter productive path. I knew I needed to stop, breathe and just be present.  One of my favorite Eckhart Tolle quotes is “Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there”. I thought I was practicing being present, I was doing my daily meditations, eating right and all that stuff but I really was not being present in the true sense of the word. I really wanted to be done with my project. I was so preoccupied that I was not going to meet my deadline that I stressed myself out.  Being “here” means really being “HERE” 

Being present means not thinking about the next minute, that night, the next day or when the project will be done in the future. Being present means experiencing life, right here, right now, this exact moment. It means noticing the color of the sky, it means noticing the way your clothes feel on your skin, it means listening to the person sitting in front of you and not thinking about your next words. The mere fact that you are thinking about being present brings you back to the “here and now”  Being present has a lot of different definitions if you look it up online but they all boil down to one thing- experiencing life in the moment. Nothing really happens unless it is in the present moment.  Isn’t that wild when you think about it?  

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Do not let the holidays take you away from the beauty of living in the present moment. True living only happens in the present moment. Here is a quick medtitation that might help you become a little more present. I hope you try it out. The magic is always there, we just need to stop, breathe and look.

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