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What a week. Well, I am glad to be able to share again with you all on Oprah Daily. Years ago, during a crisis at my school, I flew on the weekend from Chicago to South Africa—that’s 8,000 miles. I turned around Sunday night and came back to Chicago, taped six shows, two shows a day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and then flew back to South Africa again. I don’t have to tell you how exhausted I was. I will tell you this: The only thing that kept me sane and intact was staying fully present—not stray from the moment that was right in front of me. Being able to do that in a crisis kept me focused, kept me centered, and really more alert for the myriad of challenges ahead.

It also seared in my consciousness the power of staying present. I believe that when you are fully present, you are fully alive. You’re clear, you’re more calm, you’re not distracted and able to experience all the nuances and wonders of a life more awakened. When we can tune in to just what is in front of us, life becomes simpler and less crowded with to-dos, what-ifs, and why-nots. When you need to focus on what to do or what to do next, the focus is just that. Deeper human connection comes from operating that way in the world, and the now becomes your everything.

“I believe that when you are fully present you are fully alive.”

This is what I know: It is one of the most impactful spiritual practices—knowing the power of now. The past? Already gone. The future? Your next breath is not guaranteed. Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo knows this to be true, and he’ll be joining me for our next “The Life You Want” Class on April 5th at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, when we’ll talk about how to be fully present and reap the goodness that comes with it. I used to keep a bottle of bubbles at my desk, and when a crisis would show up or challenges or heavy feelings would start to bubble up, I would blow a couple of bubbles. What that did is simply bring me back to my breath. This is what I know—that taking deep, cleansing breaths is always a good way to come back into your body in the moment. If you can’t focus yourself, having a bottle of bubbles will do it.

We all get the same 24 hours a day, and I don’t know about you, but what I’m trying to do is spend my time maximizing the joy. If you want to maximize the joy, I hope you will join us this Tuesday, April 5th, where we will give specific tools for enhancing the now—where life is always at its fullest. Hope you have a good week!

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