moonlit elven magic
photo by doctor oblivious
(that's me in the photo on last year's Winter Solstice,
spinning lights around the full moon!)
What is the greatest gift you can give to others?
Do you think you can buy it in a store, or online?
Is it a thing?
The best present is your presence.
In this world full of technology, distraction and multi-tasking, giving your full attention is a very rare experience.
Anything that is worth doing, is worth doing with your complete attention.
If you are driving, just drive, and keep the road safe.
If you are cooking a dish, put good intentions into it, and it will taste wonderful.
However, if you are distracted, with your mind elsewhere, you could make mistakes, you could mess things up, or you could miss out on something important that someone is saying.
My friend Tom always says: "Be here now."
And sometimes he also says: "Just be."
It sounds so simple, but it's actually very difficult.
The mind likes to distract us and scatter our attention every which way. We like to feel important, with so many things to think about.
But the most important thing is being right where we need to be right now, doing the thing we are doing. And if what we are doing isn't important, than maybe we need to examine why we do it at all.
When you're having a conversation with another person, do you feel the difference between when they are truly listening to you and responding to what you say in a thoughtful way, and when they are playing with their phone, texting, thinking of other things, or tuning you out?
Which way do you prefer to be treated?
Which way makes you feel honored and important?
I'm working on bringing more of myself (attentive, present, open, honest) to every interaction, and as I do that, I feel others responding positively and in similar fashion.
Relationships improve, bonds strengthen, and communities form this way.
Being present is the gift I give to myself and others.