Tag Archives: presence

You’re Alive!

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This day is a huge gift!
How many people who were alive yesterday
didn’t wake up today?
And yet here you are, reading these words—
isn’t it amazing you can look at these symbols
and your precious brain makes meaning of them
in a way that your heart can be touched
or your body may want to move?
At any moment you might breathe deeply
and settle into stillness,
or you may jump up
and run like crazy.
You can
laugh
cry
sing
shout
dance…
Isn’t it amazing?
You’re alive!

This One and Only Moment

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In one moment of clear vision
all of the stories
of fear and lack
are swept away from my eyes.
Reality glows more brightly.
I breathe in deeply.
In the breeze of this moment,
I exhale slowly,
letting go of the past,
creating more space,
receiving this life, now,
in this one moment.
I let go of everything
and the universe begins to laugh,
singing a song of freedom.
I jump into the dance of this moment
and the beloveds join me
near and far,
in the forests, on the mountains,
in the ocean, across the deserts,
looking up and searching in the stars,
diving deeper into the One Self,
circling around a great fire,
delighting in the gift
of this one and only
precious, everlasting moment.

Your Awakened Consciousness

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Catch yourself right in the middle of the thought
that there is something wrong with this moment.
Catch yourself, because the thought is so quick
it might slip through unnoticed.
Your job is to notice everything.
Sit still, close your eyes, go within, be quiet.
When you calm your senses even a little
you’ll hear the voice that is always spinning
the tall tales inside your head.
Notice the spinner and the tales,
and realize that you are neither—
You are the great witnessing presence
that notices as it all unfolds.
When you can step behind the thoughts
and watch the interweaving of your awareness
with the physical reality around you,
you’ll stand in awe of the whole thing.
Thoughts about anything being wrong with this moment
dissipate in the intensely beautiful light
of your awakened consciousness.

All At Once

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My mind is cluttered,
I see nothing that is there.
I am full of misery and regret
over the past I cannot change,
anxiety and urgency
about the future I cannot know.
And then something wakes me up,
snaps me out of it,
out of the dream of temporal reality.
It might be a breeze
or the bright sunlight
or a sound filtering in from outside
or my cat rubbing up against my leg,
but something wakes me up
and suddenly it all becomes clear.
This moment.
The shapes and lines my eyes perceive
are so crisp and clear
and there is a luminous quality to everything.
It is so simple and so beautiful all at once.
This is it, I realize,
this is my life.
I feel content.
There is nothing to be added or taken away,
I need nothing to feel fulfilled.
This is such a blessed place to be,
no big deal
and the entire universe
all at once.

NaPoWriMo 2017: Sanctuary Meditation

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Sanctuary
welcoming protecting
wherever you are
outside, inside, without, within,
peace

Meditation
awakening potential
consciously placing attention
wandering mind repeatedly returns
presence

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After experiencing multiple interruptions in my sleep last night I woke up feeling tired and directionless.  I decided to write my poem instead of complaining about my exhaustion and I’m glad I did; I remembered what is important to me, what is available to me, and what I’m capable of. Here is the NaPoWriMo prompt for today.