Presence

April 20th, 2018

Group Reading

“Be here, now.” ~ Ram Dass

“One- don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
All- I do know how to pay attention,
One- how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
All- how to be idle and blessed,
One- how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day.
All- Tell me, what else should I have done?
One- Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?” ~ The Summer Day, Mary Oliver

Quotes & Readings

~ Richard Rohr

“To look at any thing,
If you would know that thing,
You must look at it long:
To look at this green and say ‘I have seen spring in these
Woods,’ will not do–you must
Be the thing you see:
You must be the dark snakes of Stems and ferny plumes of leaves, You must enter in To the small silences between The leaves,
You must take your time
And touch the very peace
They issue from. ~ John Moffitt
~ Aswin Sanghi

“Standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon for the first time, I was struck by the intersection of the past and the future in

a single moment of eternal now. I sensed the immense forces that carved this gorge in the earth: wind, water, and time. As a physical experience of time, this great canyon stretched into the past and future. Constant change happened even

as I stood there in stillness—doing nothing, being with the moment. Time seemed to stand naked before me in this

ever-present “Naked Now.”

Perhaps this moment is similar to what the mystics experience. Perhaps it is in the moment

that I get lost in the gaze of a newborn, the timelessness of hours spent with a close friend, the effortlessness of a

creative flow.”

Seed of Attention

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~ Amit Ray Say together: Focused on the present, I leave the past behind and dwell here and now.

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