I've taken note lately that the easiest way to stay present is to try to engage as many of your senses at once as you can. It kind of pulls everything into you like pulling a blanket over your head.
When you sit in mindful practice try to find a way to totally engage. Burn a candle or incense, just make sure it is a scent that you really love. Play music you love. Work on a project that you are excited about, study, meditate or just listen to that awesome music you have on. Make sure to be very comfortable where you sit and with what you wear.
I think that is one of the reasons people take so much from having a Chios session with me. I know that energy healing is very useful to them but the atmosphere we set up for their session also plays an important part as well. I always burn incense, play soothing music and make sure that the table is cozy. The receptivity that they bring rounds out the whole experience. For many people when they get a massage, Reiki treatment, facial, pedicure or manicure, this may be the only time they totally check out of the chaos that is life.We can have this in everyday life. We don't need to wait until we are on a massage table.
I love this post from Chapter Friday about mindfulness. I think you will too.
Here are a few tiny bits of peacefulness for you.