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BE PRESENT

Sylvia Marina - Saturday, December 13, 2014

BE PRESENT written by Sylvia Marina

Written on a chalkboard today I read, “be present”. I smiled and from my heart a silent whisper of gratitude. Who-ever wrote that message today, thank you!

For a moment my day seemed to stand still.
My attention went to my feet and in particular how they seemed to make contact with the earth!
And in that instant my mind recalled the writing of Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching.
 
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep it simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous,
In governing, don’t control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be fully present.

Our lives today are full of concerns, busy, rushed.
It’s a human trait, physically present but mentally some place else.

This week in our city, there was a little boy lost. Hundreds of people came from near and far to join the search. In our hearts he became part of us – for a short while he became our little boy. People who don’t normally pray, prayed, people who don’t often sing, search and sang his favorite song hoping he may hear them. We were focused and present.

One of the sweetest gifts we can give to others is to be mentally present anytime we are together, when they are speaking or in times of silence togetherness.
It is a discipline to stay present, we need to live our life while it’s happening rather than after or obsessing about the future. So often in thought we are some place else, not totally listening to what is being said, instead thinking of what to say next, that’s not really being present is it!

It’s December, in our culture traditionally it is a time for expressions of love and appreciations. And the closer we come to Christmas can we remember, more important than the gifts under the Christmas tree are those gathered around the tree, the non gift wrapped expressions of love, the remembrances of those who are dear to your hearts.

Remember too, those who are alone. Those who may be struggling with loneliness, grief, health, finances, reach out – be present.

Recall the new best friend, we give them our focused attention. Then time passes, unconsciously we go back to where we were, and we drift away. This not only happens with new acquaintance the same ‘drift away’ can happen with loved ones when we don’t stay consciously present.

Today written on a chalkboard I read, “be present”.
I paused, took a deep breath and wrote in my heart - “be present”.
My gift to you today, "be present".

2014© Sylvia Marina ND., EXPERT IN HUMAN BEHAVIOUR | SPEAKER                              
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