Present

How can I be present when the trauma of my past howls loudly, calling me toward depression?

How can I be present when harm could befall my loved ones at any moment, riddling me with anxiety?

I practice presence by looking forward, all the way to the end of my life, in order to look back to this moment, now.

In the end, I want to look back on my life and be satisfied with the story.

In order to do that, I must pay attention as it is unfolding.

I use moments when I must wait, those in-between moments, to focus on my breath, to ground me in mindfulness.

I use the times when I feel alarmed as my meditation bell, calling my attention back to now.

Every time I remember to do so, I take a moment to notice what is above me, what is below me, what is before me, what is behind me, what is within me, what is without me.

I radiate love out in all directions, through all space-time dimensions.

In so doing, I tap into the universal truth that I am the eternal present, just as you are.

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