In this episode I share an easy way to bring yourself back to the present moment.
The other day I was in a yoga class. My body was there. I was doing the asana. I was sweating. I was holding my long lunge when I heard, “Kerry. Kerry!” I looked up, and the entire class and the yoga instructor were staring at me. She had a perplexed look on her face. A look that said, “You’re in a friggin yoga class and you’re totally checked out.” My body was in the class, but my mind was on my long list of to-do’s.
I was utterly embarrassed. Of all places, I was in a yoga class, and I wasn’t in the yoga class. And to make it worse, most people know that I teach presence.
I’m sure you have probably experienced this at some point…maybe not in yoga, lol, but somewhere! For example, maybe you were driving home and you suddenly landed in your driveway without having any recollection of how you got there. You just ended up where you wanted to be, but you couldn’t even remember the drive there.
Has that happened to you? You’re physically there, but you’re not really there.
Click play to watch this week’s episode and discover an easy, quick, and effective way to bring yourself back to the present.
I don’t know about you…..but I do NOT want to live my life constantly thinking about the past or what I have to do in the future!
Here’s the deal…this is my belief… just because you’re busy and distracted does not mean you have to miss out on your life! This is so important because you are always going to be busy, and you are always going to have distractions and lists running in your mind. You can either choose to allow the busyness to take over and go through life on autopilot or you can start practicing moment by moment to be in the moment.
How you may ask?
Here is a super simple tool to continuously check in with yourself throughout the day. It’s just one sentence.
“Am I aware?”
Throughout the day check in and ask yourself, “Am I aware in this moment?” Then take the time to notice what you notice….sensations, feelings, smells, etc.
The more often you do this, the more consistently present you become. It turns into a habit.
You are going to drift off at times…you’re human. As you can tell from my story above, I still do it. However, the name of the game is catching yourself when you drift off and coming back as quickly as possible.
For the rest of the week, practice asking yourself, “Am I aware?” Notice how often you catch yourself drifting off and how quickly you can come back.
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