Later that evening, feeling refreshed and centered, Cinnia reflected on this journey so far. She noticed an overlying theme of presence in many of her experiences. So often we get into routines and habits and find ourselves just going through the motions. We do things just to get through them. In essence we put blinders on and miss so much of the detail and beauty of where we are at in any point in time. Perhaps you can consider it a coping mechanism for the mundane, but consider what might be lost.
I love to walk and get out in nature; I use this as a method to relieve stress. Often when I walk I am rehashing the day. What could I have done better? How could I have handled that differently? Or I am already thinking about the next day. What do I need to get done? I would have a much better and even more stress reducing experience if I just let that all go. For that hour or so I should just truly enjoy the presence, the beauty of my surroundings or the others that are sharing the space with me.
I know through snippets of conversation the interests and talents of my coworkers, but we don’t often spend time sharing our experiences and hobbies outside the office with one another. Perhaps we are missing out on opportunities that would add value to our own lives and interests if we made the time to have more meaningful dialogue.
Presence, the core of the word itself is present. A gift. We should give ourselves the gift of living in the moment and appreciating the world and others around us.
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