A Room Full of People

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If you want to learn how to stay present,
grounded in clear perception,
walk into a room of people
and pay attention.
Watch how your own perception
jumps into play,
how your attraction and aversion,
your revulsion and your curiosity
swirl and mesh and spiral
layer upon layer upon layer
of thought
until–
what is real?
Look again at these people.
Is your heart open or closed?
When you shut down,
you can feel compassion
for all beings who have trouble staying open.
And when you stay open,
you have the tremendous fortune
of sharing authentic connection
with these precious beings
who have chanced upon
this same path as you.
Either way,
you learn.
Either way,
you win!

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4 responses »

  1. Love the reminder that wherever we are in the journey, there is always gifts to be learned and received – whether open or shut in the moment- paying attention can take us to the next spiral.

    • I love the image of the spiral. Nothing straight-lined black and white obvious…but swirls and spirals and holistic, organic, unpredictable present moment awareness.

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