Being present....I recently went to a memorial for a dear friend's son. Losing a child is just not the normal flow of life, they are supposed to outlive us, as we know, this isn't always the case. In conversation with some long time friends, the word PRESENT came up. A lesson that a situation such as this reminds us of, being more present in life. Many times in conversations with clients or friends, when asked, what being present means to them, the response is often, paying attention, or being mindful.
PRESENT encompasses so much more, it means allowing yourself to just be, be in the moment, you don't have to be doing anything, just being in this day, this hour, this minute. Along with being present is paying attention to who is around you, where you are, what it looks like, what it sounds like. Sometimes being present is without thought or actions, it is in the quiet and the stillness of the moment or the day. More noticing, and less paying attention, being in the flow of the moment can help you listen to yourself, and feeling those around you, even those that aren't around you. This can expand your soul and your connection to life. Because life is what we have been given to live to the fullest. Not being so busy or wrapped up in things that our days fly by, not having time to reach out to family and friends, spending time with them or talking to them.
When we wake up each morning, the present is all we have and all we are guaranteed. therefore being present each day can actually be a gift. A gift to yourself to take in every moment of that day, experiencing all that it has been given to you, loudly or quietly, whatever the day holds for you. Being present is a practice, it takes some conscious thought to get there, but practicing can help things become a habit, a way of life. If you start your morning out aware of being present, or getting yourself there, then you don't need to expect anything else, your day will unfold as it should. Don't let life go by without you knowing it, each and every day, feel it, see it, know it and love it!!
Mexican chicken kabobs
2 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces, or 6 chicken thighs
2 bell peppers red, yellow or orange, cut into pieces big enough for skewers.
1 purple onion, cut into pieces large enough for skewers
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
juice of 1 lime
1tbsp agave nectar
2 tbsp of a Mexican spice blend
2-3 cloves garlic minced
1 handful chopped cilantro
Marinade chicken chunks earlier in the day (at least 2 hours) or overnight in a Ziplock bag..
When ready to grill, alternate chicken and pepper and onion onto skewers.
Heat Grill to medium high
Place skewers on the grill and cook turning several times to make sure the chicken is fully cooked.