Staying in the Present Moment

How much of your day do you spend not present with yourself?

Today I was inspired to bring focus to the power inherent in being in the now instead of lost in either the past or future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PprsD78fo8E

This is the main focus of my life and I know when I slow down and bring my whole awareness to the present with every cell of my being, I tap into something so huge, so empowering.

And nothing else matters. Nothing else has any hold over me.

Where else to be but in the now?

I’d love to hear if you manage to spend time in the present moment and how the experience is for you.

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12 Responses to Staying in the Present Moment

  1. Laine D says:

    What a great post, and so true! Being a single Mum I’m a great overthinker! I find that I worry constantly: making the right decisions, will my girls make good choices, did they do their work, how long I’ll be walking. I’m one of the worlds great copers, I ‘cope’ with everyone’s issues I deal with them stoically and in a matter of fact manner but internalize the worry (no wonder I can’t sleep).

    This makes me wonder if I can stop? I remember reading that book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” and I thought it was drivel, it just seemed to talk about being passive but you make much more sense. Why worry about what could happen and rail against my destiny I have enough to cope with right now – hmmmmm.

    You have a wonderful calm presence on camera Fiona, gentle and kind, persuasive and yet totally non demanding. You would make a great hypnotist or therapist.

    Thanks for a moment of peace in a sea of panic

    Very inspiring
    Laine D.
    “Aspire to Inspire”

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      That’s sweet of you, thanks so much Laine. And I’m really pleased that you resonate with this. We can all reclaim our power by bringing everything into the present. Hypnotherapy is maybe not such a bad idea. I’m planning to do much more work in this area Laine, so hope there will be material that you can use too. Thank you for sharing. Namaste. x

  2. Lovely calming video Fiona. I have become much better at staying in the now – to bringing myself back to it since starting to practice the Alexander Technique. The whispered ahhh’s and gently bringing my body use back to alignment amongst other things are great tools but most important to me are a few minutes constructive rest. If I feel scattered now I get down on the floor and feel much better after! Laine is right – you would make a great hypnotherapist!
    Louise Edington
    Fabulous and Fearless
    http://louiseedington.com

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks Louise and great to hear that you are finding ways to stay present. I can just see you lying down on the floor amidst chaos and getting your constructive rest. Well done. Looks like it’s time for me to sign up for a course. 🙂

  3. Hi Fiona,

    this is the biggest challenge for me at this point in my life. It used to be so much easier to stay in the moment when I was continuously moving, seeing new places, planning the next step and moving on. It may sound weird but that lifestyle of moving made me truly stay in the present and enjoy that to the fullest.

    The feeling of being stuck is more of how I would describe where I am at right now. I have no idea how I can free my mind from this feeling. I don’t think I ever felt this restless and unfulfilled. If I only could hug a tree for a little bit and connect to nature, I’d be in a much better state (yes, I love to hug trees and don’t mind being called a tree-hugger!). But find a tree in Texas without stepping into a snake..

    I agree with Laine, you are fabulous and your voice has such a calming effect and I also love the heart behind you that frames you so beautifully,

    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Franziska. I’m sure you really miss that connection with nature. But hopefully things will be changing some time in the near future. Perhaps a move closer to those things you love so much.

      I’m really glad you like the video and feel the calming energy from it. I love to share with people in this way and am happy that this work is hitting the mark. And thanks for loving the heart picture. 🙂

  4. Fiona, This is so YOU! I agree with everyone saying how calming you are, and of course it’s your spirit, not just your lovely voice. Staying present with myself is a big challenge that I, too, am working on. I believe it is worth every ounce of practice I bring to it, every single day. In fact, now that I’m slowly entering into this space of being present, the alternatives are starting to feel toxic to me.

    I have been writing by hand of late as part of an effort to cut down noise or distractions that take me away from this present self. There’s something about pen on paper that takes me to my heart, perhaps because those are tools I’ve used all my life. (And it doesn’t hurt to have the computer shut off, with all it’s lures…)

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    http://www.thereflectivewriter.com/blog/
    “My cat owns me, my clutter stymies me, my writing frees me.
    Word maven loves–and learns from–ordinary life.”

  5. Fiona Stolze says:

    Judy, thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It’s also a big exercise for me to stay completely present with myself no matter what is going on.

    I really resonate with what you’re saying about how the alternatives to being present feel toxic to you. That is also true for me. And writing again by hand is an amazing way of slowing things down and being completely there with yourself. You will be reaping such amazing benefits from this. x

  6. Julie Labes says:

    Love this Fiona. My hubby is a big worry wart and i try to keep him in the now, but even I sometimes worry about the future and yes even the past. Some sage advice that we can all use…You have a very calming influence as you speak and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you

    Julie Labes: The Fun-Loving, Feisty, Fearless, Frisky, Fierce Over 50 Traveler

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Glad you enjoyed this so much Julie. There’ll be more like this to come. And thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

  7. As a young entrepreneur, I spend a lot of time looking at where I want to be in the future. It’s something I want to change and have been making some good progress with. I try to lose some of the anxiety by going for a hike to relax my mind. I thank you for this empowering message.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Dennis and a big welcome to my page. Thanks so much for your feedback and I’m really glad this message has been of help to you. Yes, planning and setting goals is good but then it’s so important to get right back into the present with it all and feel your empowerment. Your hikes are fantastic – they help to reduce all that brain noise, don’t they?

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