5 Tips For Practicing Presence

5 Tips For Practicing Presence

woman in home office with her dogIn our Voices series, this month, in honor of Take Your Dog To Work Day (June 26th), we have a special blog submission from author and leader, Katy McQuaid. She brings us tips on practicing presence with an assist from your best friend, your dog.How would your world change if you allowed yourself to be fully present in each moment? Dogs are naturally present as they experience the world around them, and they can be great teachers for us humans!

Grace the fluffy dog shares five tips parents and kids can use to practice presence

  1. When you eat, really enjoy your food. (And know it’s okay if you don’t want to share.)
  2. When you walk outside, lift your head, and breathe through your nose. That’s the best way to smell all the sniffs in the air. REALLY breathe it in, all the way into your belly.
  3. Notice EVERYTHING. Be present where you are, and take in everything there is to see.
  4. When you’re free to dig, dig deep and wide. Enjoy the dirt on your paws!
  5. When a person you love speaks, perk up your ears, and smile!

Practicing presence is one of the best gifts a parent can give their child. Through being present a child knows they’re seen, and that they’re being heard. Grace reminds parents to take an extra minute or two to be with your child, so they will feel that you care, that somebody is listening, and somebody notices. Grace recommends just looking kids in their eyes, and of course, looking straight down into their heart. That is the gift of presence.Want more from Katy and Grace the Dog? Check out Fun Indoor Activities To Do With Children And Their Pets.Author Katy McQuaid and her dogAuthor and leadership consultant Katy McQuaid spent more than three decades in the CIA, including 12 years living abroad. Her work in communities all over the world and the endearing, unconditional love of her four-legged muse, Grace, inspired her to write the “Everybody Loves Grace” series of illustrated books. Parents, kids of all ages, executives, and organizational leaders hail the series as a beacon of hope and inspiration for anyone navigating change or challenging circumstances. Learn more at www.EverybodyLovesGrace.com

Derek Vogel

Derek Vogel is a highly experienced and results-driven leader, currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of E-Therapy. With over 15 years of experience in executive leadership, he has a proven track record of driving business growth and success. He is skilled in business development, organizational strategy, and employee engagement and has a reputation for designing effective strategies that have consistently yielded significant increases in revenue and cost savings. He has successfully managed businesses ranging from $10M to $100M+ in annual revenue, and has experience in leading organizations through post-acquisition integration processes. Prior to joining E-Therapy, Derek was the President of AMN Healthcare’s Education Healthcare Staffing business, where he provided on-site and virtual solutions for students in need of therapy services. He is known for mentoring and developing his team members and inspiring a sense of pride and ownership in the collective success of the organization.