Presence! We all know when someone has it. We also can tell when someone doesn’t have it. But what is IT? I have spent much of my adult life exploring presence, originally as a dancer, then as a yoga teacher, and now as a public speaking presence coach and photographer.
Presence isn’t something that we pull out of the closet and don for a special occasion. It’s a way of being and a practice that we cultivate in every aspect of our lives. At its most basic level, presence is simply about showing up fully in the present moment. It is our ability to be self-aware while at the same time available and receptive. It happens when we are fully embodied, when we let go of judgments and self-criticism, and become curious about the people and world around us.
When we are in full presence, we see more clearly and discover beauty and joy in each moment, in each relationship, in each authentic connection. And yet, urgency is now the norm where life is filled with so many distractions that we become blinded to the simplicity of Now.
Practicing presence is a never-ending journey of arriving, forgetting, and arriving again. In some ways, it’s as simple as lifting the veil of distraction to see what’s truly there and to gently welcome life in with kindness. But remembering to lift that veil is the challenge.
This website and the products and services offered here are dedicated to helping you slow down so that you can practice and live your personal and professional life joyfully, authentically and with more Presence. We’ll explore three aspects of presence that have been the focus of my attention for years now.
To dive more deeply into the question “What is Presence?” you might be interested in a conversation I had with a rabbi who was follower of my photo blog.