Mindfulness Tip: Practicing Presence

I have been “practicing” Presence for a very long time now. However, up until recently, I have not been practicing well.

But, at the beginning of this new year, something changed. I can’t tell you precisely what occurred to instill in me this desire to take my practice to another level. It could simply be my soul’s call to go deeper within myself. And, the only way to get there is by being present.

Present – being, existing or occurring at this time or now.

I have noticed that I leave my body when not present. I seem to float somewhere around the area of my head. It’s probably due to all the thinking that my mind likes to engage in. However, when I find myself in this space, I have been bringing my awareness to my feet. This immediately brings me into my body and back into the present moment. I often have to do this many times per day.

The point of power is in the present moment.

Louise Hay

I love Louise Hay’s quote, “The point of power is in the present moment.” When we are not present, we give our power away. We don’t even realize that we are doing it. But, once we are aware, we can change our behavior.


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Wellness Tip: Measure Your Food

Are you like me and don’t know what a serving looks like? I want to think I do, but time and time again, my waistline tells me otherwise. We have been socialized to supersize everything on our plate so no wonder we are confused about what a portion really looks like. Did you know that a serving of cereal is either 1/2 or 3/4 cup, depending on the brand? Who pours 1/2 cup of cereal in their bowl?

I know measuring and weighing our food sounds tedious and obsessive. The key is to think of this as a learning tool to retrain your mind to understand accurate portion size. Once I started measuring and weighing my food, I could more easily practice mindfulness around my meals. When I use this tip, I don’t overeat, am not sluggish after a meal, and don’t get an upset stomach.

I love the practice of my friend Katelyn. She manages portions by using a small salad plate. You can only put so much food on a small plate.

Some people use the palm of their hand as a reference point to determine portion size or you can visualize a deck of cards as another method. What tips do you use to bring awareness to your portion size?


Della offers weekly yoga classes, workshops, intuitive readings, and wellness coaching. You can find out more about her services here.

How To Stay Present

A recent conversation I had with my guides.

Me:  How do I become present?  

Guides:  Breathe. 

Me: Argh! I’m tired of that answer. You’ve been telling me that for years.

Guides:  And we will keep telling you that as many times as you ask the question.  

Me:  So, I guess I need to ask how to stay present?  

Guides:  Ah, that is the question we’ve been waiting for. Our question back to you is why don’t you stay present.

Me:  Because I have to get stuff done! If I’m not thinking about the next thing that needs to get done, I’ll forget to do it, and then I won’t get things done and then, and then. . . 

Guides:  What happens if you don’t get things done?

Me:  Then I am a failure. Wow, I did not know that was in there.

Guides:  See, a little dialog gets you where you need to be. You realize now that fear of failure keeps you from staying in your body and the present moment.  

Is it true that you are a failure if you don’t get things done?

Me:  No. It isn’t. But it feels scary. I feel a tightness in my chest when I even think about it. I define so much of my worth by how much I can accomplish in a day. So it bothers me when I have to slow down. I feel as if I am going to fail myself. I know that no one else has these expectations of me. This is something I put onto myself.

How can I shift this?

Guide:  Trust. Trust that you will get what you need to get done. We know this feels scary but try it as an experiment. Take this moment, breathe and follow the Flow of Life. The Flow of Life has no other desire of you than to experience joy. If you follow the Flow of Life, everything gets done precisely when needed. No efforting required.

Me:  That feels peaceful when I think of it this way. O.K. I’m going to give it a go. This feels huge. 

My worth is not determined by how much I get done! My worth is not determined by how much I get done. I am safe. I am safe. I am safe.  

I guess I didn’t realize there was a safety element in this. That may be a dialog for another day.


Della offers weekly yoga classes, workshops, and intuitive readings. You can find out more about her services here.