Showing Up

What does "Showing Up" mean? Is it a state of mind? Is it an experience? Is it a "felt" sense? Is it an activity? Is it a journey?

To me, it is all of the above. Showing up is about being in this moment and opening up to all of my senses, being aware and willing to be curious with what is occurring around me and with others. Some situations are very difficult to show up in or for. Being present means listening, being curious about differences, being accountable for one's reactions and practicing compassion (both for yourself and others). Showing up is a practice.