Presence is a gift. The act of being whole in the moment, unscattered, is worth more than any jewel.

It starts with the breath. Whether you are sitting, standing, resting, or walking, the simple act of being aware of your breath can bring you into the present and carry with it great peace, alleviating immense weight and burden from your mind and body.

Pause for a moment and be mindful of your breath. Place your hand on your stomach. Breathe in as you normally would. Your stomach should rise. Breathe out and your stomach deflate. Do this with your eyes open or closed—it doesn’t matter. If your eyes are open, concentrate on a single object such as a chair. Do not let your eyes wander or focus on a future worry. Say to yourself as you breathe peacefully:

I breathe in the present
I breathe out and feel peace in the moment

Being present is the greatest gift to ourselves, our minds, our bodies, our loved ones. It all starts with the breath.

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