Updated: Jul 26, 2021
#TrainForLifeEmpowermentCampaign Post 53: PRESENCE - My amazing friend Johnna Smith inspired this post on presence. I took her yoga class this morning and she reminded us that patience is a good quality to have but that being present is at the foundation of patience. I have grown to value the ability to sit still in the moment and to allow myself to be a witness to my own thoughts and feelings. In this awake state it is easier to navigate my emotions and it allows me to be more patient with myself and others. I am definitely a work in process in this area but I am trying to pause more before I react, assume or take action. All emotion is temporary and learning to let it pass through you is powerful and can even be cathartic. Johnna also read one of my favorite poems by Rumi called, The Guest House. Our emotions are like guests in our house, they come and go and bring different energy with them so embrace it all and be grateful. How can you practice being more present?
The Guest House: This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi
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