This is a word with many meanings. We can “be present”…simply existing. We can “maintain a presence”…establishing an influence in a situation. We can “feel a presence”…sensing someone is with you when they are not. And we can practice “presence of mind”…keeping calm while taking quick and sensible action.
Sometimes we cope with challenging situations by distracting or diverting our attention. And sometimes that coping style can be appropriate.
Another approach is to stay with the challenge, to be powerfully present. That is, to bring your mind into your body, ground your body to the earth, and just breathe. All of your resources coming back home to where you are.
In mindful presence,
Each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. ―Matsuo Basho
Lori Furbush teaches Qigong, Yin Yoga, & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She weaves MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION into every moment.