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Waking Up and Being Present

As I drove my youngest home from another sports practice my mind wandered with thoughts of to-do lists, meal plans, and weekly schedules. I was not in the present moment  as my mind raced with a million things to do.  In fact, I  have no idea what knocked me out of my stunned stupor as I checked my blind spot before changing lanes into busy traffic.

It was within seconds that I almost took out an ill-prepared cyclist on a dark busy city street. I gasped as my heart sunk into my stomach. I watched him speed off haphazardly through the traffic without a care in the world. I don’t even think he realized that I almost caused serious damage to his well-being.

It is times like this that I hate to admit that the smallest choices we make sometimes do have an impact on our future. The cyclist was a jostling reminder for me that sometimes we just need to be attentive, focus on the present, and always trust our instincts.

Being Present


Life is a juggling act and sometimes we just have to let a couple of balls go to be aware of our surroundings. It is with time the lists and the schedules will get done! Sometimes we just need to focus  on the present to ensure we do not miss the important details that are sitting right in front of us.

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

19 replies

  1. I’m glad that no one was hurt, obviously. But it does make me wonder how often I drive around thinking about my To-Do List instead of the road in front of me. This is a good reminder to be present. Thanks.

  2. I could not agree with you more in being more aware, present and mindful 🙂 Mr. Craves came home from work one day and did not know how he got home – he was on such auto pilot – so scary. I see this in the gym that people cannot take 30 minutes to an hour for themselves and they have to have their cell phones on them at all times. My personal trainer is no cell phones and no gum and get to working out – it has me enjoying my work out now. I am no longer just going through the motions. Your post makes me think and wonder what I can be changing here and there throughout my day – thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Happy Day!

    1. It is scary when you are on auto-pilot because it is almost like you have woken-up and wondered how on earth did I get home. I am guilty of having my cel phone at the gym but I promise it is only to listen to music while I work up a sweat. If I don’t have a grove then working out is pointless for me.

      Thank you for your kind words your blog posts do the same for me. Have a great day!

  3. I always take a wide berth around bicyclists, even if they’re riding in bike lanes (which are pretty abundant around here). Still, I sometimes think, all it would take is one subtle flick of the wrist, a momentary distraction, and two lives would be changed forever. Scary thought, and definitely a reminder to pay attention at all times and live in the present moment.

    1. It is a scary thought and I always try to give cyclists a wide berth. Our city is slowly designing bike lanes and beginning to accept that cycling is a modern mode of transportation. However, the street I was on was not designed for cars and bikes to share the same path. It was a good reminder for me to always be alert.

  4. Whoa – I wonder if that cyclist know what a near miss they had — and if they too would sit down and re-evaluate how they navigate through life. Fortunately no one was hurt, but sadly, it often does take such “almosts” to make us sit up and take notice. A very good reminder to us all.

    1. I am grateful that I noticed him the last second because both of our lives would have changed in an instant. You see a lot of great cyclists in the city that pay attention to the road, wear reflectors, and have lights on their bikes for riding in the nighttime. This guy had none of it and was extremely careless. It was a good reminder to me to always place close attention to the road.

    1. Thank you! It came with the design and I have no idea how it was installed. lol.

      So true. All it takes is one instant for your life to change. It is a reminder for me to try to stay more aware then always worrying about the next thing on my list.

  5. Great Article! We have also recently started a meditation course. Being present is something so simple yet something we do so rarely. Heard a story once about somebody leaving a meditation course and thinking about being present and aware of everything…and then he tripped up over something on the street. A good example of how it is not thinking about being present, but actually fully being in the moment. It takes some training but it does have many benefits.

  6. I can relate. Life is too busy. My last vehicle was a testament to that. I got speeding tickets and several minor car accidents with that van. I was always in a hurry getting my kids here and there. Good luck.

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