You know the feeling. . .You’re at the dinner table with the people you love most, but you’re not really present. Your mind is a million miles away.
The gift of being present—not just physically present, but emotionally and spiritually present—is one of the most important needs we have.
It’s company. Good company takes away our sense of being alone. It doesn’t fix our problems or get all the things done. But it energizes us and helps us focus. It’s what we need when we’re hurting.
So how do you become more present to yourself?
By the end of this series, you should gain insight into your 2-3 most prominent protectors and the 2-3 vulnerable feelings they protect. As you become more aware of your own protective tendencies, you’ll learn to come alongside yourself in a compassionate, caring way. You’ll experience more of God’s presence with you, and you’ll notice more calm inside. And, you’ll notice a shift in how you are with others, too. You’ll be less distracted. . . more fully present.
- I constantly feel rushed or a sense of urgency.
- I feel numb. I can’t remember the last time I felt sadness. . . or joy.
- I can’t stop criticizing myself and others.
- I am constantly thinking about whether I said or did the right thing.
- If I could just get this one thing right, everything would work out.
- If he or she would just change, then this problem would go away.
Now, follow these three steps to try to get to know this feeling or belief better. Remember: Simply becoming more aware of your own mental habits is the first step toward change.
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