Being Present

yoga and weight loss“The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”

In our busy, hectic, technology-laden world, we find ourselves multitasking, consumed by deadline pressure and obsessively focused on our productivity. Amid the chaos of work and the working world, we forget to be present in our relationships with others. I find this is especially true of speaking with my children. It’s easy to say “Yeah, uh-huh” as you work, but it’s so important to pause and give them full attention through eye contact and engagement. Even if you are fully engrossed in your project, close your laptop, remove your earpiece, put your phone aside, and express full interest. One day your children will grow old and you will never have that moment back. In our haste, we forget to stop and appreciate the little things. Each moment of our lives is a golden grain of sand in the hourglass. Savor every one of them to manifest true joy in your life.

People are the most important things in our lives — nothing else comes close.  Valuing our friends, family, colleagues and all of our relationships brings added meaning and purpose to our lives. Over time, we grow to love not only what others bring to our lives, but also our different roles as parent, spouse, coworker, friend. The best way to show the people in your life that you value them is to spend time with them and be “present.”

Do you live in the past? Some people like to spend large amounts of time pondering old mistakes or reminiscing of better times. While it’s good to have a degree of introspection and learn from your mistakes, you’ve got to know when to just let go. What’s done is done.

Do you live in the future? Some people always need to look forward to new plans. They rehearse what they’ll say and do in their minds all day long. It’s important to be prepared for what lies ahead, but you’re robbing yourself of rich experiences taking place right now.

10 Ways To Live In The Present:

–       Engage the senses. Take a deep breath and smell your cup of coffee or smell that rose on your desk.

–       Stare at a beautiful color or piece of artwork in the room for a few moments until you feel moved.

–       Savor a piece of chocolate or your favorite treat, doing just that – simply eating, doing nothing else.

–       Stop and pet your cat or dog.

–       Give a family member a hug for no reason.

–       Listen to your favorite song.

–       Write down 10 things you are grateful for today.

–       Release resentment. Write a letter of forgiveness to someone.

–       Take a yoga class and focus on the energy moving through your body.

–       Take a walk outside to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Remember to stop and smell the roses. There is magic in the moment and life in the present. We cannot count on the future or what it may hold. All we have is the present.


PS. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. What have you done to be “present” lately?


  1. Hi Jackie….
    I came here looking for a dose of your inspirational mindset on a day when I really needed something to lift me up and so I read your “Being Present” blog. It was perfect…. sometimes we just get so caught up in either the past or the future, that we forget to live today. So…I took your advice and I am now savoring a piece of chocolate that I tucked away in my top desk drawer!

    I know I can always count on you to have something on your mindset blog that makes me smile and be inspired!

    ~Barbara Foxworth

  2. Jackie Christiansen says:

    Hi Barbara,
    Hope you found some inspiration on the site. Love your comment about the chocolate! Hope it was dark chocolate:-)

  3. Hi Jackie,
    I did a trackback to this post from my blog. I just wrote a similar post. We are on the same wavelength! I hope you’re doing fabulously today and always.
    Hugs, Christie

  4. Hi Christie,
    Thanks so much for the trackback! Your site is beautiful by the way. Love educating and inspiring others as you do – blessings to you!

  5. Thank you so much for your comments. I love what you said about living in the moment. I have to force myself to do this too as it does not come naturally. We naturally want to think, plan, create and do but yet we underestimate the just “being”. Eckhart Tolle explains this extremely well in his book, The Power of NOW. Have you read it? Lots of contemplation needed!

  6. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and
    I will be waiting for your next post thanks once again.

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