August has arrived with a new moon tomorrow night, thankfully the nights are cool and sleep is easy. With each day we are slowly heading into the darkest nights and shortest days as well as the coldest time. I remind myself to stay present to enjoy these last days of summer and not to jump ahead as many of us often do. Staying present means being present in this moment, whatever that may be for you, whether you are doing the dishes or going on a hike. When you learn to become more present with this moment, you become more grounded, centered and focused in life. It is a gift to be present and it does take practice. A good mantra to remember is "With each breath, I am present". Use this as a gentle reminder and remember that it is a practice.