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We are constantly hearing or reading about presence, the art of being present. Presence is heralded as the solution to inner peace, balance and growth. So, what does presence truly mean and how do we get there?

Presence is similar to a moment of daydreaming; where the sounds around you get muffled and your eyes focus on only one thing. You are still and mesmerized. You are frozen in time.

Presence is being aware that things are going on around you and focusing on the miracle of the moment. It is a moment of stillness in which nothing exists other than what really is. That means, in this moment, you cannot change anything, everything that exists in your life is exactly as it should be, it is what it is, and it is worth your appreciation.

Getting there is swift and beautiful. If you simply stop reading this article and become aware of your surroundings you are getting there. What room are you in? Are you sitting or standing? Who is there with you? What sounds do you hear?

You have started your journey to presence just by being aware of your space. Next, what are you feeling? Is there a notion of contentment? Do you feel stressed? Are you confused about what you are feeling? Try daydreaming to put your feelings into focus. If you feel anything other than positive energy, take a few deep breaths and relax. Now, reassess your surroundings.

What is great about this moment? Do you hear the voices of loved ones nearby or rainfall? Do you feel wind on your face or sun on your skin? Can you see a starry night sky or a beautiful blue sky filled with clouds? Are the leaves on the trees turning colors or are flower blooms starting to burst? What do you smell, fresh paint, clean air or spices? Are you having lunch? What are you most enjoying from your plate? Is there fresh fruit or vegetables? Are they crisp and juicy?

If you can answer these questions about this moment, you have moved inside of the moment. This is presence. Smile and truly experience this moment you have created. Notice the beauty of it. Appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this moment. Be grateful that this moment exists. Enjoy it because this particular moment will never happen again.

Let go and allow this experience to take over. Let it lead you wherever it pleases, use all of your senses, and enjoy the ride. When this moment ends and you are back to basics, accept that too. Accept your life as it is for just a moment and appreciate it. Know that you can always change it, but appreciate the growth that is and the things in your life that are so wonderful and miraculous right now. Appreciate life.

Take fifteen minutes out of your day, each day to appreciate your life in this manner (all senses fired up). Thatís fifteen minutes of presence. Once you begin this simple journey, you will naturally begin to make more opportunities for being present.

This moment of presence equates more opportunities for inner peace, balance and growth.

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