I had a cool experience this morning. I was out pruning my flowers, singing away in my own little world, when I noticed the loud chirping of the cicadas. I stopped, silenced my singing (I’m sure the cicadas were probably happy about that!), and became fully present to my surroundings.
Ahhhh. What a blessing! I tuned in to the birds singing, a bee buzzing, and heard the wind rustling in the trees. I felt so connected and alive. In that moment, there was nothing to think about or do. It was all about being still and breathing, being fully present to the world around me.
Are you being present? Most of us don’t walk around this way. Instead, daily life keeps us in chaos and emotional angst. We’re either worrying about something in the future and what needs to be done or we’re regurgitating the past. And, as a result, we often tend to miss the beauty that is right in front of us.
Being present is all about slowing down and paying attention to the sights, sounds and smells that surround us.
The beautiful thing about being present is that you feel connected. You feel as if you belong and that all is well. It’s when we’re not present that we feel as if something is wrong in our world.
One of the many benefits of being present is that it opens you up to receive. Our mind chatter keeps us from receiving the guidance and messages we seek. But when you slow down and create a connection by being present, it’s as if you have a great big antennae that draws to you the information you need.
I actually received guidance today after my experience. I knew I wanted to write a blog but wasn’t feeling inspired. Instead of getting caught up in worry about what to write, I made a decision to prune my flowers and be outside. When I heard the cicadas and allowed myself to be fully present, I became very receptive. That’s when I got my inspiration and guidance to share this message with you. Woo hoo!
I invite you to take a moment today and give yourself permission to be fully present. It doesn’t matter where you are. Just stop yourself from what you’re doing and breathe. Be in awareness of how you feel. Anchor in this feeling so that the next time you have a fearful moment, you’ll remember to stop and breathe and allow yourself to be fully present to your surroundings.
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