"Be present" is one of these catchphrases I've heard a thousand times as a student and I know I've uttered as a teacher. It's a great practice for us to do, but let's face it, if we don't have real life ways to practice it, how well is it going to serve us?
For me, as silly as this sounds, is to start here, on social media. This past week I've started a new practice going forward. If I like or comment on your pic, I actually read the content, I didn't just scroll through aimlessly at pretty images. If I clicked on your story, I actually watched all 20 you may have posted without swiping on. I'm investing more on your content than just an image. And learning to be more present even here helps me train being more present as a student in class, reading a book, or as a friend sitting across from the table with you at dinner. How many of us know someone who can't do those things without checking an iPhone watch or phone?
So, if being present is an important skill for you to invest your time practicing, what's one real world, literal way you can bring it into your life today?
And I can tell ya I was present from fingertips to pointed toetips in this one 😂😂
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Here is day #1 of the #7magicwords challenge. The challenge is to find your word that matches the prompt. Today's prompt ・・・
A word that questions.
My word... CURIOSITY
Curiosity leads to questions and questions lead to curiosity. Both about yourself, about the world around you, and the people in your life. Learning to be more curious allows you to grow and challenge yourself and those around you.
Lately watching my baby and my toddler learn about life has me looking at things in a different way. From the curious worm on the sidewalk that we can stare at for an hour to the wonders of what a popsicle tastes like for the first time. Curiosity... My word that questions.
Sonunda yuruyecek kadar serinligi de yakaladik. Ne guzel bir mevsimsin sen Ege'nin Eylul'u. Bi de son fotodaki uzun yol yuruyusleri icin cocuk eglendiren domuzcuk cizgi filmi olmadan Almanlar ve atalarimiz nasil cocuk buyutuyormus ben bilmiyorum #hihieved
Best way to live is by being present. "Perfect", even though I don't think such a thing exists, is boring & exhausting for everyone. No matter your choices, someone(s) will be unhappy against you & someone(s) will be happy with you. Be present, be authentic, be compassionate & welcome the people WITH you. That is where our focus should be, on the positive people in the moments of our lives. Now I'm going to settle into this lovely book & see where it takes me! Thank you for the suggestion, Carol Sheahan!
When autumn comes and the days get shorter and colder, prepare your body and mind. Enjoying a good physical and emotional wellbeing helps us to face these seasonal changes and live a more natural rhythm. Yoga for example supports us to find and maintain an energetic balance and harmony between body, mind and soul. Yoga means union, a union between our physical being and our mental state, supporting each other. Wanna try?
Al llegar el otoño los días se acortan y empieza a llegar el frío. Preparar el cuerpo y la mente para que podamos tener un bienestar físico y emocional nos ayuda a enfrentarnos a estos cambios estacionales y a seguir un ritmo más natural. El yoga por ejemplo nos ayuda a encontrar y mantener este equilibrio energético y armonía entre cuerpo, mente y espíritu. Yoga significa unión, es decir que tanto nuestro ser físico como nuestro ser mental necesitan soportarse en armonía, si falla uno el otro también se ve afectado. ¿Te animas?
"Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible." Reminding myself of this and repeating my mantra, "if it's not happening right now, it's not happening at all". ☮️ #stressless#beinthemoment#bepresent
(Sry had to repost due to cut off pic.) Being grounded means being fully conscious and fully present in the NOW moment.....being very, very aware of what is happening to us in the present. When we are conscious and aware of our SELF and grounded in the NOW we are able to ground the love and light from our higher self. This means that no matter what is going on, we stay balanced, centered and aligned with our soul.
I have learned to listen to messages without taking them fully in. Meaning I hear what's said in words and analytically aware of what it entails, but do not let the response emotion consume me. I just recently got bad news, and had to make a decision that would leave me in the state of anger, worry, sense of loss etc. but knew it would not serve me to feel those emotions. So I made a conscience self devotion to let it go. In the end, regardless of how much time I spend thinking about it, it would end the way destiny predicts it would. The issue is still there. I just took myself out of its grip. . So, to stay grounded, I separate from anything that distracts me from being fully present. I spend about an hour or more just being. No radio, no conversations, no tv. Just sit and quite my mind, and feel connected to my self and the environment that surrounds me. I practice nothingness. Believe in fate. And know what my capabilities are and what weakens me. So I don't take on anything I know I cannot change. I am free living this way.
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Day 1 #breatheinthechange
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New season, new intentions✌🏼☺️hoping to spend more energy on directing my words towards truth and love, communicating more clearly & not taking it personally when the messages of others is unclear, and being more present in order to receive fully the best of each moment.
Gratitude should be practiced everyday. This is one of the most import lessons I've learnt during my journey it gets you through the hard time. 5 things I am grateful for everyday... 1. My amazing supportive husband and children
2. The roof over my head
3. The cloths on my back
4.my whole extended family near and far
5. Every single day I have in this world
I challenge you to add one thing you are grateful for today in the comments.
Even though in this captured moment I'm very much so attached to this tree,
Maybe this is another way the universe is trying to teach me
a p a r i g r a h a.
Sit in the present moment, because it's the only moment we have.
Not the past, not the future.
But right now.
There's plenty of life ahead of me to set out on all the journeys of the world.
R e l a x.
It will happen when it is meant to be. 📷 captured by @zahay
It's all child's when teaching 2yr olds how to hop, and ribbit like frogs, when I realize I can turn this playful lesson into a mini workout session for me! Ski season is just around the corner, and I can't think of a sillier way to condition my legs than pretending to be a frog. I did about 30 jumps, not shabby 😂🐸💪#whynot
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Smokey's rockin his fall colors. 🐶🍂.
Stunning weather today. I love it. The air is dry, the sun is warm, the breeze is slightly cool. We're listening to acorns and hickory nuts fall through the trees and hit the ground. One of my favorite times of the year. It always feels bittersweet to me, though. I know it means summer is saying goodbye and winter is around the corner. It's an exercise in being present, enjoying the beauty of this day without the anxiety of the future. Being right here, right now.
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Just a reminder to myself to not get in my head about arm balances and inversions at this weekend's workshop. Not sure why all of my positive self talk goes out the window at the mention of crow. #staypositive ✨
Happy Autumnal Equinox! The day and night are the same length and it feels like a good time to reset the balance. The balance between my head and heart, work and play, strength and flexibility, and giving and receiving. Sometimes getting upside down allows me to get out of my auto-zone and allows my heart to speak more fully. I'm excited for Autumn and to continue finding my own true North (and South, for that matter.)
I caught myself in the act of people-pleasing so many times this week, it took my breath away. Little moments when I could simply have answered a question clearly (therapist: so you're out of town next Wednesday during our normal appt which means I'll see you the following week) but my hyper-vigilant, "please like me" ACoA stuff took over and I could not help but try to find a way to give others something I was guessing they wanted. (Me to therapist: Right. I'll be gone next Wed so no appt next week. Unless. I mean. I could come Tuesday if you want. Would that be better for you?)
"Better for you? If you want?" And we had JUST had a whole conversation about people-pleasing and how deeply rooted it is. And then I people-pleased on my way out the door. 🙈😊
This character trait in ACoAs is so pervasive it's hard to even notice it unless you're looking for it. I did not want to rearrange my schedule for a different therapy session. Why did I set my needs aside in that moment and create an opportunity for me to give more than I wanted to give? When it wasn't asked for or required? Ahhh, yes. So as not to disappoint anyone. To keep the peace. To smooth something over. Sound familiar?
The behaviors and patterns of living with alcoholics when young are so ingrained in me, I still react to situations as if I'm the child who needs to fix, parent the parent, smooth it over so the neighbors don't hear, etc. This chat with my therapist was none of those things. And yet my go-to reaction was to fix, even when it meant my needs and wants came last.
So what did I do when I realized I had been people-pleasing? I stopped. Laughed. And said: "I'll see you in two weeks." Done. Easy.
Try to catch yourself in moments where you stuff your own needs down and shove your desires aside when the situation truly does not call for it. Choose your path, your direction, your true North, where you want to point your feet and go. And notice when you become willing to veer off course for another. Is it a loving/caring choice you are making because you really want to give or does it come from a people-pleasing place? 📷: @cpereplaisance
Why pay $400+ for the newest trend in time keeping and technology. I stay in my lane. No use trying to repair the past, it doesn't exist. Preparing for the #future is great, but continue to #bepresent in the #righthere and #NOW . I know it sounds a little cliché, but this way of #thinking can save the rest of your #life . 😉
Our sweet neighbor who has terminal cancer gave us a bunch of peaches from her tree since she does not have the energy to can them this year. We enjoyed our visit her and were surprised at how thankful she was for us taking the peaches off her hands and making sure that they didn't go to waste. We thought she was doing a kind deed for us by sharing with us and she felt we were doing her a service by making sure her fruit wasn't wasted. .
My boys love canning with me so I got everything ready while the older two were at school and we began while the two youngest were sleeping. We were cruising along until my sweet 1 year old woke up and just needed all of my love and attention while we were in the middle of making peach jam. It was quite the challenge trying to peel, cut, cook add sugar and pectin and then bottle the jam up all while I was holding my chunky 1 year old, but he needed me and I couldn't just ignore that. .
As a parent I try my hardest to always be there and be present to meet my kids emotional needs. I'm not perfect at this, but I sure try. It's not always easy or convenient for me, but it makes such a difference when I'm not pushing them aside to complete a task or telling them not now or later when they really need me at that moment.
This is so hard with all the distractions around us today. Especially when we are pulled in a million different directions! But it's also so important!
How present are you at work? With your kids? When you are catching up with an old friend?
I know that we are multi tasking masters but I've made it my mission to be cognizant of how present I am!!! How about you?
Day 12 | Something I am grateful for: Colored pens. It's the last day! and I chose to close with being thankful for my colored pens! These guys keep me sane AND give me joy, can't complain about that can I? If you can't seem to get your thoughts organized on paper, you need to try organizing via color.
What is your favorite memory?
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Multitasking this morning 😁. My oldest asked if I could make a big breakfast this morning (since he really wanted some of that Blue and Gold bacon 🥓). I also have my weekly call with my success partner on Friday mornings. So I put on my apron (don't wanna get food on my favorite workout outfit 😉) and put in my earbuds and had our call while cooking! I love making a big breakfast for my boys, especially when they request it. So I am blessed to be able to be present for my family even while on a work call 💕. BIG BONUS-my hubby even came home between doctoring calves to join us 👨👩👦👦. I am blessed to do what I love and love what I do. And I don't just do it for me...I do it for my family.
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Sometimes I get knocked down and I feel less confident. Life’s challenges can cause me to feel deflated. How do I fight back? ✅I shift my attitude by doing daily affirmations and read or listen to positive passages. ✅ I take action and build momentum by accomplishing small wins and successes each day. ✅ I get out of my own head and reach out and help others, doing my best to treat others with love, compassion and kindness 🤗