Want to know how to be present?

Here’s a simple way. Go into your kitchen. Start tidying and putting things away. Now, as you do this imagine you have a baby asleep in the room and you must be very, very quiet. Notice how that changes the way you do the task. You’ll have to focus. You’ll need to put dishes down very quietly. You’ll have to see exactly where and how you place them, making the least amount of noise. You can’t throw a handful of knives and spoons into the drawer because of the unholy clatter that will result. You might have to do them one at a time. You may have to move more deliberately. It will change the way you feel about the objects and about how you handle them in your daily life. This is mindfulness. This is paying attention. As you do this you will be present to life -- if you allow yourself to be.