If I had to choose the single most important thing I’ve done over the last fifteen years to move from being a hot mess with a life in pieces to where I am today, it is being present in the moment. It sounds deceptively simple and perhaps even trite. But here’s the thing, when I committed to trying it, especially in the early days after losing Alison, I found it difficult and painful. Fortunately it was also freeing and magical. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. Being present has changed my relationship with grief, the past, and the future….so much so that it is a large theme in all ‘Ohana Oasis retreats. In fact, without me being in the moment ‘Ohana Oasis wouldn’t exist.
So here’s what I’m going to do. For the next few weeks of blog and YouTube posts I’ll focus on just this concept, examining if and why it matters. I’ll share a couple of tools and practical exercises along the way. And because it’s harder than it seems, I’ll review some of the common reasons why we don’t always live fully present in the moment.