There are so many ways to distract ourselves from experiencing this moment. We divert our attention toward work, entertainment, schedule planning, ruminating, eating, addiction, talking…anything that keeps us from feeling what we feel. It takes great courage to stay with the simple focus of being present. To stay amid the 10,000 things calling for your attention. To stay with the simple act of being. To be present for your life.
In mindful presence,
Doubts are endless.
I vow to see through each one and name the fear beneath.
Fear is bottomless.
I vow to feel it without believing it is real.
Distractions surround me.
I vow to pay close attention to what is true.
I vow to stay present through the thousand urges to flee,
the thousand forgettings,
the thousand and one