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Day 18 - Presence

When was the last time you felt joy

—real, deep, exalting joy? 

You know, the kind that bubbles up inside you and elevates everything around you. Maybe there was laughter, or maybe there was just a golden silence. Either way, you were fully present in that moment, weren’t you? The pain of the past and the anxiety of the future was far from your mind. 

Peace, joy—and likewise, God—can only be found in the present moment, which is why mastering the art of being present isn’t just a tip to become better conversationalist (although it’s that, too). Being present is how you find peace and joy in your one and only precious life. It’s where the richness lives. remainder of reflection here.

Action Step:

What percentage of your day do you spend in your life vs in your head?

Presence Tips:

- When possible - keep your phone on silent and keep your email closed. Find ways to limit any notifications that pull you away from the task or individual in front of you.

- Take a moment every time you get up or sit down to bring yourself back to the present moment. Alternatively, set a timer on your phone to go off every hour as a reminder to return back to reality as it is right in front of you.

- Take a ten minute walk once a day, preferably at the same time each day. As you walk around in quiet, notice how you feel physically, emotionally and spiritually.

- Everyday find a common object and look at it from different perspectives. Think about what it’s made of, how it came to be, who created it and what its purpose is. This will spark your innate curiosity and wonder. 

Steven Lawson

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