I have a Presence Practice Group that meets monthly. It's an incredible group of people who want to learn to be more present in their lives. In our January session we sat with the following John O'Donohue blessing:
In out-of-the-way places of the heart, where your thoughts never think to wander, this beginning
has been quietly forming, waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has been watching your desire, feeling the emptiness growing inside of you,
noticing how you willed yourself on, still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of saftey and the gray promises that sameness whispered,
heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent, wondering would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled, and out you stepped onto new ground, your eyes
young again with energy and dream, a path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear you can trust the promise of this opening; unfurl yourself
into the grace of beginning that is at one with your life's desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure; hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk; soon you will be
home in a new rhythm, for your soul senses the world that awaits you.
I asked everyone to create an image in sand that expresses their journey- the journey of knowing presence. It was amazing to watch everyone start to create- drawing images and pathways in the sand that signify how they begin, how they get stuck and how they return, what they need to practice to be present and to really know.
If we can stop separating our heads from our hearts, our bodies from our souls...we actually Know. Not know...but Know. I invite you to remember how you always come up with that name that you forgot when you drop the trying and thinking and straining. How you always have that creative break through when you take a break and go for a walk. This year I invite you to breath, drop into presence and experience Knowing.