Are you present?

Be living with mindfulness

Photo: Joey Calandrino ( 

Photo: Joey Calandrino ( 

Since attending my latest weekend of Baptiste yoga teacher training I have taken away a few key learning’s that I would like to share with you. One learning in particular that has stood out to me among the others is one that applies to me on a daily basis. I ultimately wish to find a greater awareness for where I am actively participating in my life and where I am just watching my life happen to me.

 I have come to the realization that in some areas of my life I am not showing up fully. What this looks like is not being present in the moment, and/or rushing through certain situations and tasks because I have stretched myself out too thin. I have a tendency to create so much busy-ness for myself that I easily become overwhelmed and then fail to actually live in the present moment and enjoy the ride. It seems as though I like to keep myself this busy so that I am never left alone with myself to sit, think, reflect, or even feel.

When I am so "busy" being in my own head I am stuck living in past experiences or worried about the future, in which case neither exists. Life is happening right now, in this moment, and it is the only true reality that I have.

Learning to be present can change the way that I view my life and even my journey. The cost of not living in the present is always rushing to the future and not being grateful for the moment, which is now.

Being present means that I appreciate each moment enough to slow down, find stillness, and breathe. My point is that I do not want to watch my life pass by from the sidelines just because I become so wrapped up in all of the busy that life has to offer. I want to look back at my life and remember all things that I have labeled good or bad and remember the feelings that I once associated with those times. Finding presence is a practice of focusing on your body, your sensations, and your internal thoughts in that moment.

I would like to reset my intention to be present, mindful, and to live full on in my life. Please call me out if you see otherwise.

Key Learning's:

  • Be aware of what you need - Say no to things you know you cannot commit too (and don’t feel so bad about it….) be with integrity for yourself and for others.
  • Be present in each moment- Be mindful of your interactions with others and focus on one activity at a time. When you find yourself wandering off try to bring yourself back to the current moment by thinking about your emotions and body sensations. Remember that the only moment you can control is now. The past is gone and the future hasn’t happened yet.


“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” –Unknown



Kylie Xo