by Carol Quest
One gift Sister Mary gave to us at the fall retreat at Villa Maria was a simple practice to help us be grounded in the present. This practice is so simple and enjoyable that I find myself doing it just for fun. I refer to it as "Be Present: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1." Here's how it goes:
Take a deep breath and let it out.
Then notice 5 things you can SEE.
Next notice 4 things you can FEEL
Now notice 3 things you can HEAR.
Next notice 2 things you can SMELL.
Finally notice 1 thing you can TASTE.
That’s all there is to it—but doing it grounds me in the present, and allows me to be ready and open for what this moment brings. Try it and have FUN!
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