Living in Presence

There are a hundred problems that can come up in one’s life and at each instant, we might find ourselves searching for answers – from our own life and from the lives of others.

We might find several answers: we should have done this, we should not have done that, etc. An appreciation of the human condition at its most basic reveals that to search for a way out of problems is natural. In fact, it appears to be natural to all life. Usually the best of books to find answers are the books of life itself. Life in all its forms and manifestations carries within it unspoken messages that speak to those who can listen.

While listening is one part of the story, the crucial part comes in the form of living the truth, living in presence. Beautiful ideals get corrupted when they come in contact of non-presence, in contact of conditioned responses.

Living in presence is the life that is lived in the context of the universe, not this tiny me who is separate from everything else, and in perpetual conflict and competition.

A life in presence is a life of love, patience and service.

Rainer Maria Rilke: “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

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