Are you one of those people who buys a holiday gift for someone, while also treating yourself to a present? “One for them, one for me!”

Sound familiar?

This year instead of giving yourself presents, try receiving the gift of presence.

It’s always there for the taking, but you may not be aware of it. It’s the simple act of paying attention to what’s going on in the present moment.

“Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment we are timeless.”

-Julia Cameron

Presence is a gift you can enjoy all year long and it doesn’t cost a thing. In fact, it may even lighten your load.

Want to see how this works?

Julie hired a nutritionist to lose weight. Her first assignment was to keep a food log of what she ate and how she felt after eating. Soon after, Julie realized she had several food sensitivities that made her feel awful.

Julie focused on eliminating those foods for 30 days. Then, she began adding them back to her diet, keeping the food log of how she felt. This activity kept her in the present moment at each meal. Suddenly, Julie was focused on feeling better and her weight, which was no longer top of mind, starting dropping naturally.

Dave suffered from attention deficit disorder and was constantly disorganized. He overcame this by adopting a short-hand journaling technique. Using a paper journal and a pen to record his daily tasks, monthly goals, and future plans, Dave developed the ability to stay in the present moment.

Suddenly, Dave’s cluttered mind became clear, allowing his creativity to expand. Being present and focused, he no longer waited for “someday” to accomplish his goals. Instead he discovered small bits of time available every day and became more productive than ever.

Diane wanted to reduce her debt load. She realized her spending was a problem. She began keeping her receipts and tracking them in a personal financial software program. She became aware of how her spending made her feel. She tracked her progress each month. Within a year, she had reduced her spending, eliminated her debt and began saving instead.

The gift of presence is the gift that keeps on giving – or losing, if your goal is to lose weight, de-clutter your mind or reduce your debt load!

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