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Knowing God’s presence is simply a matter of awareness, of fully allowing and enjoying the present moment. There are moments when it happens naturally, normally when we are out of the way. Then life makes sense. Once I can see the Mystery here, and trust the Mystery even in this little piece of clay that I am, in this moment of time that I am—then I can also see it in you, and eventually in all things. That would be full enlightenment, “when God is all in all.”

Richard Rohr

Presence has no measurable product except positive feelings, feelings of support, intimacy, and happiness. When we stop being busy and productive and switch to just being still and aware, we ourselves will also feel support, intimacy, and happiness, even if no one else is around.

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Thich Nhat Hanh’s 4 Mantras

One does not have to meditate only on a daily basis, Thich Nhat Hanh says—one can meditate every moment. Watch as he shares four moving mantras we can all practice whether we are with someone or alone.

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

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No matter where you go, there you are.

John Maxwell

The Divine Indwelling is never earned by any behavior whatsoever or any ritual, but only recognized and realized and fallen in love with. When you are ready, you will be both underwhelmed and overwhelmed at the boundless mystery of your own humanity.

Without that underlying experience of God as both abyss and ground, it is almost impossible to live in the now, in the fullness of who I am, warts and all, and almost impossible to experience the Presence that, paradoxically, always fills the abyss and shakes the ground.

Richard Rohr, “The Naked Now”

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Ram Dass and Bhagavan Das

Awareness doesn’t vary in quality or quantity, only in presence.

the divine guru 

It’s not the pale moon that excites me
That thrills and delights me, oh no
It’s just the nearness of you

"Nearness of You" by Norah Jones

Enlightenment means: you become only a presence, and that very presence is the truth. There are not two persons — the finder and the found. the seeker has dissolved, and what has remained is just a pure awareness with no identity, with no personality, with no ego. This very presence is truth. There is no other truth than your awareness.


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The moment you realize you are not present, you are present.

Eckhart Tolle

Steve McSwain: 10 Mantras for a Meaningful Life

1. I will practice meditation every day.

2. I will be one with all that is.

3. I will practice forgiveness, starting with myself.

4. I will be kind, even when the impulse is to be right.

5. I will judge or criticize no one, not even myself.

6. I will resist nothing.

7. I will practice presence.

8. I will think about death every day.

9. I will look for the synchronous events of life.

10. I will be thankful for everything.

Complete article with explanations for each mantra (via Huffington Post)

Dr. Steve McSwain is the author of The Enoch Factor: the Sacred Art of Knowing God


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