In a world of distraction, being present to a given moment is a skill.
We get distracted by all kinds of devices, often engaging in conversations while working on some task.
We type, talk, and text all in one minute. While this may promote productivity, it decreases our ability to focus.
Parallel processing may be great for computers and other mechanical inventions. For consciousness, not so much.
To truly be present to the person we are with takes concentration and attention. If our thoughts and focus is scattered over six different activities, how can we concentrate?
Yet, when we show up and truly be with someone, magic can happen.
Suddenly you can feel how they are doing without asking a question. You notice things about the person you never noticed before. The connection that comes with presence is palpable.
Being present, even to just given task, is not a chore. It is a gift we give ourselves.
When we are present to the world around us, when we live life in the present moment without judgment or distraction, we experience something wondrous.
Have you taken the time to be present today?
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant