present in the moment is when we feel “presence” and
connection to ourselves, life and others.
THE IMPACT OF PRESENCE
The only true reference point we have to what we
call existence is a feeling of presence, of being here
in this body, of seeing the world through these eyes
right here and right now. The power of presence
provides many valuable benefits such as: reduced
stress, increased immune function, lower blood
pressure and may even reduce chronic pain. Spending
a few minutes a day actively focusing on living in the
moment helps us to be happier, more exuberant, more
empathetic and more secure.
We experience higher self-esteem and become
THE PAST AND THE FUTURE ARE
more accepting of others habits or ways of being that
are different than ours. Anchoring awareness in the
here and now reduces impulsive reactions and fear.
Mindful people can hear negative feedback without
feeling threatened; they are less defensive and look at
their life circumstances through the lens of curiosity
about what they are to learn and grow.
When you live in the present, you are living where life
is happening. The past and future are illusions, because
they don’t exist. As the saying goes “tomorrow never
comes.” Tomorrow is only a concept always waiting
around the corner, but tomorrow never comes because
time is always in the now.
If you’re not living in the present, you’re living in an
illusion. This seems to be a good enough reason to live in
the present, doesn’t it? But how often are you worrying
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