Often when I am seeing clients for counseling I am asked “how do I start to accept myself more, how do I start to feel less anxious or stressed?” Of course there are many areas we can address however presence is absolutely a key. When we become present and accept whatever this moment has to offer, we immediately become more peaceful. Also presence starts to take us away from being caught up in our ego identity. We are all trapped in being this person we feel we should be . Therefore we are not free at all.We spend our lives attempting to measure up to something that is fictionally created in our minds.This only serves to keep us caught in a mask and not free to honor our deepest self. Watch this short video from a recent mindfulness course.The more we slowly work on presence the more we will be able to heal from stress.