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3 quick ways to stay Present, Aware and Focused.

Wouldn’t it be great if it were that easy to keep your focus -  be aware and present all day long? We could “magic” ourselves into focus? Well, really we can. We just have to make it a priority. 

And “Why?” you may ask, would I want to do that?  


 Awareness of breath, surroundings, emotions and people – are key to enhancing our life’s journey. When we are aware of what we are doing, we are more likely to succeed at what we are doing as well. Bringing awareness, to our breath, and also to our life and how we live it, will help us to live in a more thoughtful and inspired way. We will be listening and responding to questions in a more authentic rather than automatic manner.

How many times do you wake up, touch feet to floor and head into auto pilot mode? Are you one of those who stays in bed, grabs phone (of course it is right by your side where it has been charging all night) checks email, facebook, instagram, twitter? 

I was guilty as charged, but since I have become aware of that little habit, I am now attempting (it’s the best I can do) to meditate for a few brief moments, get up, and NOT look at the phone for at least 15 minutes. 


I invite you to be aware of what YOU are actually doing each and every day. What are your auto habits? Where are you living on auto pilot? When you explore your patterns like this, I think you will be surprised by how many times you float from one activity to the next without actually knowing what you have done. I have gotten in the car and totally zoned out, focusing on this, that and the other thing. Oh I just worked out, what will I eat? I have an appointment, what will I wear? And the random, what color should I paint my nails? etc. etc. etc. I have done this too many times, but fortunately I have also ended up where I needed to be. Yup, my car literally drove itself. I was not aware of my surroundings and not living in the moment. Dangerous? You bet. 

 When we focus we find our mind expanding and that old saying, wake up and smell the roses, will actually mean something. You will notice more “roses”, more scents, sounds and more beauty. End result – more happiness, more joy and more awareness. Who doesn’t want that? 

I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s just like working on your meditation practice (notice how I am assuming you have one? If you don’t, start NOW). The mind wanders from present to future, to past to future, to way in the past to way in the future, and so on and so on. That’s why we are always being reminded in Yoga class, or by Spiritual teachers to try and stay grounded in the moment and to bring our breath back to where we are right now. 


I guess what I’m saying here is that being Present, focused or more aware of your surroundings, your breath, your life – will open your eyes and soul and heart to what is really happening at any given moment. You know how annoying it is when you are talking to someone and they shake their heads and say, yea, sure, uh huh. You KNOW they aren’t listening to you. And you know you have done the very same thing to them. I guarantee relationships will improve when you live in the moment. 


It does take practice and I have to remind myself every day, all day long to come back to the present. Here are three quick ways to help you bring your attention back to the here and now when it wanders to infinity and beyond. 

1. PRESENCE - Set a timer or alert on your smarty pants phone. When it goes off, bring that awareness to the present and try to stay that way for five minutes (you can time yourself!) 

2. AWARENESS - Every time you take a sip of water, think about how it is hydrating your bod and doing great things for your system. 

3. FOCUS - Choose a color as you start your day, and wherever you go look for that color. Notice all the cool things you see, snap a photo of them, make a collage or just reflect.

While you are being present, focusing on others, and noticing with awareness the magnificent beauty in nature, sounds of children laughing, voices singing, or even radios blaring, that surrounds us…..I invite you to take a deep breath and give thanks! Then notice how life opens up for you. Hocus Pocus – a magical life awaits.

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