Being Present

Do you know what it means to Be Present? Sandy Jamieson shares her thoughts on Being Present and how it can help change your life.

If you’ve never read Journey To The Heart, by Melody Beattie, you should order it right now. For real. It’s one of those books that you can pick up to read from any spot and you instantly gain insight and wisdom that I believe is exactly meant for you, at the time that you’re reading it.

When I mentioned to a friend yesterday that I needed to come up with a topic for my blog post, she immediately recommended this passage from Journey To The Heart, ‘Be Present For Yourself’. It’s one she shared recently at a yoga class and while she suggested it as a topic to share with you, I also believe that she knew in this moment, it was exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks friend ;)

I hope wherever you are in your heart’s journey, this is exactly what you need to hear too. (And get the book!!)

“Learn to be present for yourself, fully present in a way that’s new and delightful. Be present for your thoughts and emotions. Be present for the gentle way in which your heart and body lead you on. Learn to be fully present for each step of your growth, each step of your journey.

Value yourself, who you are, what you think and feel, and how you grow. For many years you neglected yourself. It was as though you were unconscious of who you were, how you felt, what you believed. You believed that kept you safe, protected you from feelings you didn’t want to feel. You believed it was how you should live. Now you are learning another way. Survival is no longer enough. It does not meet the needs of your heart and your soul. Now you want to live fully and joyfully. To do that, you must be present for yourself.

Be fully present for others, too. Be present for their spirits, their emotions, the words they have to say to you, but especially be present for their hearts. You no longer have to fear losing or neglecting yourself if you are present for others. You can do this safely now. You will not be consumed by their needs; you will not become trapped in the workings of their lives. And if you’re present for yourself, you’ll know how much presence to give to others.

Be present for life—for the starlit skies and the chirping birds that sing to the morning sun. Be present for the earth and grass under your feet, for the feel of a snowflake in your hand. Be present for all the magic and mysteries of the universe.

But most of all, be present for yourself. Then your presence for others and life will naturally follow.”

Wishing you peace, balance, happiness, vibrant health and lasting love.

Sandy xo

Read more from Sandy Jamieson on her blog 1010ZEN