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The Art of Being Present with Yourself & Another

What does it mean to be present with yourself you may be wondering?

Being present with yourself means fully engaging with the current moment and your own thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. It involves mindfulness and self-awareness, allowing you to focus on the here and now without being distracted by the past or future. It's about acknowledging your feelings and emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations without judgment and being in tune with your inner self. This state of presence can lead to greater self-understanding, reduced stress, and improved well-being.

What does it even mean to be present for someone else?

Being present for someone else means giving them your full attention and being engaged in the moment when you're with them. It involves active listening, empathy, and a genuine desire to understand and support the other person. To be present for someone means putting aside distractions, being emotionally available, and making the other person feel heard, valued, and respected. It's about creating a space for open communication and connection, which can strengthen relationships and provide emotional support.

When you master both what does that mean and what does that look like?

When you master both being present with yourself and being present for someone else, it signifies a high level of emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills.

Being present with yourself means you have a strong sense of self-awareness, understand your own emotions and thoughts, and can effectively manage your own well-being. It implies that you can maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, which can lead to improved self-esteem and inner peace.

Being present for someone else indicates your ability to empathise, actively listen, and provide emotional support to others. You are skilled in building strong, meaningful relationships, and you can make others feel heard and understood.

Mastering both aspects signifies a balanced approach to life, where you can nurture your own well-being while also being a source of support and connection for those around you. It's a valuable skill set that can lead to fulfilling personal relationships and a strong sense of self.

Sometimes hard truths and curiosity can become our greatest friends. Our greatest catalysts for embodied change.

Jenni Mears is the founder of The Fembodiment™ Institute, creator and teacher of The Fembodiment™ Method Facilitator Internationally Approved Training. Jenni works in private practice with women and couples in person and online.

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