Inspiration & insights from the path toward happiness & wisdom from a yogi and Christian mystic.
“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.””
“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.”
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”
“No matter where you go, there you are.”
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.”
“Awareness doesn’t vary in quality or quantity, only in presence.”
“It’s not the pale moon that excites me
That thrills and delights me, oh no
It’s just the nearness of you”
“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.”
“The moment you realize you are not present, you are present.”