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The Duck and her iPhone Quagmire August 2, 2017

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This morning, my walk took me along a lake that appeared to be an endless landscape as the fog was obscuring the shore.  The geese and ducks floated while a resident loon soared across the horizon.

I considered a photograph, and it occurred to me that you cannot capture the mystical.  It extends beyond sight; reaching into the sound of silence, the smell of earth, and the touch of dew heavy air.  And it is changing; ever so subtly, but always changing.  It refuses to be contained to a single sensory dimension or moment in time.

The mystical lives in the present moment fully.  It is part physical, part energetic, and entirely magical.  The desire to contain it is a human one.  The duck is not thinking; “I wish the iPhone camera was more sophisticated.”  The duck is just being the duck in the midst of the mystical moment.  I wonder if we humans perplex the duck or if she watches us encountering the mystical & quietly whispers to us….

Just Be.

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Stay in the Moment August 26, 2010

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There’s a great blog from Success Magazine’s Flip Flippen called The Gift of Presence. http://blog.success.com/channels/relationships-channels/flip-flippen-the-gift-of-presence/

NOW – this exact moment – is the only one we truly have. It is also the one that matters when considering the quality with which we are living our life as it is both within our control and reach. Thus, it is our best opportunity to create the results we want in our life.

Observe yourself for a day. How many times do you find yourself multi-tasking, distracted in a meeting, checking email while on a conference call? Through observation of myself and others, I have learned the brain is incapable of performing at a high level, innovatively solving problems, and deeply engaging with others when it’s attention is split. Thus, it stands to reason that results generated when attention is split are less than the best.

This likely isn’t a newsflash to anyone. But then, why do most people struggle to stay present in the moment, giving undivided attention and effort to what or who is at hand? What would occur if we practiced presence for just one week? This very well may be the best “performance enhancing tool” we could try.