Take it one moment at a time...

"To live in the present moment is a miracle." 
Thich Nhat Hanh

I'm going to be really honest with you - I haven't been practicing what I preach lately.

For the past few weeks, I've been freaking out about my TEDx Talk that's coming up next week.

Thinking into the future about it way too much...

Worrying that people won't like it, I won't be able to remember all of it, or I'll look fat on the video...

Revising it over and over and over again to make it "perfect"...

And it's not been good for me. I started walking around looking like this guy:

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When my tummy started hurting, I took notice.

I got honest with myself about the fear I was internalizing. I started voicing my concerns to Lucas and my friends - which was awesome because the moment the words left my mouth, I could hear how stupid they sounded.

And I started to pay way more attention to the present moment. 

That Eckhart Tolle guy certainly knew what he was talking about when he brought our attention to the Power of Now!

In the present moment, I am safe. All is well. CLICK TO TWEET

No one is judging me or laughing at me. I feel grateful for all the amazing people I have in my life who love me. And I can take a deep breath, which automatically releases the pressure I put on myself of having to give the world's best TED talk ever!

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Looking back on my life, there have been a number of times when I felt truly enlightened. Moments when I really got how interconnected we all are and how everything is working in my favor.

How I have wished at times that having that experience was it - the endpoint, the goal achieved. That the enlightened state of being is like a college degree - mine forever more and not needing to be earned over and over again.

But enlightenment is a moment to moment thing. You have to constantly earn it. But that's the good thing about it, too. You can have it at any time just by tuning in to all the good around you.

So that's my commitment to myself this week. To enjoy every moment of preparing for this speech and every moment giving it. Because it's a pretty cool opportunity - I definitely don't want to miss it by living in Worryland.

How do you snap yourself back to the present moment? Tell me over on our Facebook page...

Presently yours,
Emily