So how do we stay in the present moment?
Recently I had the pleasure of hearing Fr. Mike Schmitz speak and he said something that really stood out to me about mindfulness. Fr. Schmitz said that to avoid distraction and stay in the present moment all we need to do is ask, offer, and accept.
- Ask – At any given time for any given reason we have the ability to ask that God be present in our lives. The good news is that He is already present to us but we can further recognize His love and willingness to be with us by asking Him into whatever we are doing.
- Offer – After asking God to be present in our lives and in any give moment we can offer Him whatever we might be doing. Whether it’s our work, reading, exercising, and even rest, we can offer this time and activity to God. In this we are giving of ourselves to God and inviting Him into the small details of our lives.
- Accept – In asking for God’s presence in our daily moments and offering Him our lives all there is to do is accept whatever He allows to come out of the present. We can accept the present moment as it is and thank God for the fruits it bares.
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