20th Anniversary Issue The Art & Practice of Presencing When feeling overwhelmed or simply need a break, Take a breath, take a breather. Just for a moment, take a deep breath or three And step off the treadmill of conditioning. Stop running, striving, hurrying and scurrying around,, Bent under the weight of habit and conditioning And pockets full of To Do lists! Take a breath, take a breather, Take a break; give yourself a break! Be here now, as you always are But aren’t always consciously aware of it. Awareness is curative, mindfulness heals: tune in, pay attention. This practice pays off, big time. Mindfulness practice is a friend with great benefits. Nowness-awareness is the natural and unfabricated Buddha within, Thehigh ground, like Heaven within– so enjoy it, savor it. Cultivate and develop it. Ordinariness and spontaneity is a great way To walk. Let go, let things come and go, Arise and fall in consciousness, Body and mind: Let go And let be. That’s the secret. Cultivate equanimity, openness, harmony, relaxation, and balance. Awareness is a verb. Practice the sacred art Of Presencing, right here and now. Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness, So heighten your presence of mind Through, for example, breath-watching or pulse-sensing. Rest in the natural state Just as you are And enjoy the joy and harmony, The inner peace of natural meditation. —Lama Surya Das Buddhist Meditation: The Heart Essence During my initial private meeting with the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, my first root guru, I asked him about the main points of meditation. He asked what kind of...
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