Presence refers to the state of being aware and engaged in the present moment. It is the opposite of being distracted. Being present can be difficult, especially in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world where we are constantly bombarded with distractions.

Practicing presence can be beneficial in a number of ways. It can help you to:

  • Be more mindful and aware of your surroundings and experiences
  • Improve your ability to focus and concentrate
  • Enhance your communication and relationships with others
  • Reduce stress and increase feelings of calm and well-being

I have to work hard on being present at times. My mind drifts at times and I have to work on focus. This includes fully listening to people on calls or during meetings, whether with a client or opposing counsel. Over time I have come up with tools that work for me, but it’s a continuing practice everyday.

There are many ways to practice presence, including:

  • Meditation or mindfulness practices
  • Engaging in activities that require focus and attention, such as hobbies or sports
  • Paying attention to your breath or using other techniques to bring your attention back to the present moment when it wanders
  • Setting aside time to disconnect from technology and other distractions

I use all of these to stay centered and focused. It’s not easy to meditate, but can be over time with practice. The more I use these types of tools and practices, the more I am able to be present without thinking about it. The time can be hard to carve out of a busy schedule, but it’s an investment in yourself.

It takes time and effort to cultivate presence, but with practice, it can become a natural and valuable skill that can improve many aspects of your life.