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The Power of Presence: Embracing the Self

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on the profound importance of presence—how I show up in different aspects of my life. Whether it’s during sessions with clients, interactions with family and friends, or even in my own moments of introspection, the concept of presence has become a cornerstone of my approach to life and relationships.

In the context of Internal Family Systems (IFS), we refer to this presence as the “Self” with a capital S. This Self embodies qualities such as curiosity and compassion. It’s the part of us that shows up without an agenda, purely present and engaged.


The Struggle of Letting Go

As a helper by nature, letting go of my agenda is one of the hardest things to do. I want to help. I have great ideas that I believe could make a difference, and I am eager to share them. However, I’ve noticed that leading with this energy often backfires. It can be off-putting and counterproductive. Instead of fostering progress, it creates resistance and disconnection.

The Difference Presence Makes

When I consciously slow down and allow myself to embody a state of calm, curiosity, and compassion, everything changes. This shift in energy can transform a routine session into a meaningful and productive encounter. It can turn a potentially frustrating interaction with my teenagers into a moment of connection and understanding. It can mean the difference between a good date night and a bad one with my husband.

Sometimes, I need to bring this compassionate presence to myself first before I can extend it to others. This self-compassion enables me to stay grounded and fully present.

An Invitation to Reflect

I’m curious if you have had similar experiences. How does the presence of Self with a capital S show up in your life? Have you noticed a difference when you approach interactions with this kind of energy?

I would love to hear your comments and questions about this topic. Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

Summoning Your Presence of Self

As you go about your day, I hope you can summon your own presence of Self and bring a bit more curiosity, compassion, and calm into your interactions. Let’s do some good in the world, starting with how we show up in each moment.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to your insights and stories.

If you are needing assistance with finding your sense of Self, reach out to us…we are here to Help.

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