I decided recently that I wanted to make an extra effort to really “be” with the people I’m with, to cherish our time together, and be fully present with them.
The more I thought about this, the more I realized how many places this idea is applicable. It’s important to be with ourselves, the people around us, our feelings, our emotions, and our experiences – fully and completely, and a part of that is accepting them, as they are.
What does being entail?
We don't need to learn to be. Being is something we are. It is an ability that resides within us all, though sometimes it can get lost between the hustle and bustle of life. So if we want to be, we need to think about returning to our natural state of being, where we can be fully present with ourselves, our feelings, and our people, as well as accepting all just as it is in that moment.
Why practice being?
By being with people around us, as they share their experiences with us, we convey empathy, they feel understood, and the connection between us and them gets strengthened.
How to practice being
Places to start
When you wake up in the morning
Before going to bed
Meals with friends and family
(This list is just the beginning for where I’m choosing to start this practice. I’d love to hear where you plan to start!)