Being Present is something I always come back to, as someone who has spent most of her life escaping – through all my various addictions and habits. I also find it easy to wander off into thoughts about the future and past, even coming up with scenarios for my future self – playing out scenes and conversations as though they are real.
I need to keep bringing myself back, right now, to this moment. This present moment, in my body, where everything is perfect, and is all I actually have.
I completely get how easy it is to get swept up into what’s going on in this crazy, old world, we’re basically bombarded with messages of what’s happening everywhere else, with everyone else, all the time. As an empath, this can feel like wading through a minefield of treacle, being pulled in a million directions of feelings, thoughts and emotions that we aren’t even sure are ours.
But, if you do catch yourself away from the present, acknowledge what was going on and gently bring yourself back… look at your hands, look at your feet, feel the sensations inside your body, what’s going on around you? What can you see? What’s happening right here, right now?
Let yourself slowly sink into this present moment. Just be with it. Take a deep breath. Be present in your body, right here, right now.
Something else I do is not watch any news or consume too much media apart from select things that I feel aligned with. This helps me to stay present in myself more. As a highly sensitive being this may resonate with you too.
This blog post is an excerpt from my book, Embodied. You can get your own copy of Embodied here or anywhere you buy your books online.
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