Being Present

IMG_2236In the spirit of literacy and to ground my thinking in what matters. I join Holly Mueller’s Spiritual Journey Thursday link up.   To reflect on what centers me; on what effects and powers my sense of being.

Holly asked contributors to blog about their one little word. This week it’s  Margaret Simon’s OLW, present,

I find living in the present difficult. I look at what might be, what I want to be, what I’m afraid will be; what I need to do to make sure something does or does not happen. And in all that, I miss out on what’s right in front of me; losing what could be.

I’ve been worried about a possibility. If it happens, and it could happen, it would leave a big hole in my life. With this “maybe”  looming, my mind has been doing a number on my spirit. Thinking about what I could lose, what might be, instead of what is right now.

Stepping on the treadmill this morning, I decided to be “present” in my run. I love running, but I often look at it as a task to be completed. So, as time closed in on the 30-minute mark, I decided to pay attention and appreciate each tenth of a mile.

Each tenth of a mile I ran, I made a decision whether or not to “give myself” another minute of running.  For those of you who hate the whole idea of running,  this may seem crazy, but every extra minute was a tiny gift. Every minute I was in the moment.

Writing this, I realize, that when I enter a classroom, I am in the moment. I am intensely present. I can’t be anywhere else. I am with this child, this group, this class.

100%. Entirely engaged.

Present.

Perhaps that’s one reason I love teaching.

6 thoughts on “Being Present

  1. I love what you said about teaching…how you are immediately in the present when you walk into your classroom. I always felt that, too, in a powerful way and, yes, it is completely engaging. I also feel that way when I write my blogs…fully engaged with my thoughts and how to communicate them to my audience. Retirement has been a wonderful panacea for my what ifs…. I can relax and enjoy each and every moment if I wish to do so, and I often do. I’m off the hamster wheel and that helps!

  2. I’m so glad you wrote today. I am in a family of runners, though I am not one. But I kind of get what you’re talking about. I’ve been using a circuit timer for my gym workout. I run for a minute each set. Don’t know how you could run for 30 or more. Sometimes when you get too busy, God has this crazy way of making you slow down. Sending you warm heart wishes for tonight.

  3. Julieanne, taking your exercise program to a new level helped you become more present as you absolutely do at work. We all need to extend our work passion to our daily lives to be fully aware of what the world can offer us.

  4. Paying attention and appreciating each moment – makes me realize how many things I do just to check them off the list. I do appreciate that it was still daylight today at 5 pm when I took out the garbage. Love that we’re on the other side of those short days!

  5. It sounds like you’ve uncovered one secret of being present — taking it a little at a time. I like your way of giving yourself permission to be present this minute and then the next… Thanks for joining in!

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