Ways to practice Being Present include living in the present moment, haiku, free intuitive writing, gardening, and the specific practices below.

  • Free intuitive writing puts you in touch with the present, often on a very deep level. To try it, open a notebook or journal to a blank page; relax and clear your mind. Then write or draw whatever comes to you, even it doesn't seem to make any sense. Some people find that writing very fast, using their nondominant hand, or writing without looking at the page releases this kind of spontaneous thought.
  • In The Wooden Bowl, Clark Strand recommends reframing any gathering as a once-in-a-lifetime event.
  • In Intimate Death, Marie de Hennezel describes keeping a "mothering reverie" at a vigil for someone dying.

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