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.