ARE YOU FULLY PRESENT IN THE MOMENT?
Life today moves along at a hectic pace for many. The
human body is fabulously equipped to instinctually deal with
just about anything thrown at it. Yet, you may find
yourself feeling stressed, anxious or preoccupied with what
lies ahead of you in the week to come.
This can steal you away from the experience of what's right
in front of you in any given moment. We have several built-
in mechanisms called "defense mechanisms." One is often
referred to as "dissociation, depersonalization" or a
feeling of being "unreal," outside of the body, or
somewhere deep within the body.
It use to be that most folks who automatically accessed
this particular defense mechanism were those of you who'd
experienced some type of personal trauma. Certainly, it's
true that many folks still dissociate due to terrible life
experiences. And, we know that others of you experience
depersonalization due to having strong anxiety.
However, what I have been witnessing for years now is that
lifestyle, in and of itself, is driving this defense
mechanism into full action. It's my experience that the a
great many people now live in an ongoing dissociated state -
- that is, not being fully present in mind and body for much
of your life experience.
Have you ever had the sense of talking with someone but not
really being there? Ever play a game with your child,
while clock-watching and thinking of what you need to do
next? Have you ever been unable to give yourself to a
moment of intimacy with your partner because there's a
laundry list of items that need to get done?
If you rate your personal level of happiness in the moment,
and yet you're not really living in that moment, how happy
are you going to feel? You see, an important piece of
happiness is being fully present in each moment.
You've all heard of the term "undivided attention." My
invitation to you is to give yourself to the moment.
Beware the unfair critic who resides in you. This is not a
two-by-four upside the head exercise. It's a gentle
invitation for you to catch yourself exiting a moment that
you really don't want to exit and allowing yourself to give
fully undivided attention to whatever and whomever is
present. It will be a gift for them as well as for you.
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