Healing Power of Presence

unconditional presence

attentive to the unknown

still and quiet in this place

a new, vast space of presence arises.

old selves, old stories

try to shut it down

too scary

hiding from experience

feelings unbearable

grasping for old, familiar boxes to organize new experience

totality suffers

compensating, building up identities

requires a lot of energy to maintain

seeking to abolish pain.

anger replaced by niceness

anger can be a motivating force

anger expressed frees up energy used to stifle it.

i chose to cling to old stories

a sense of comfort and security in a dangerous world.

letting go

of old identities to allow fear to be felt

discovering impermanence

experiences not fixed in finality


maintained for safety


stories seem immovable

all powerful.

become established in presence

attentive to discomfort

a way to extend unconditional presence

unconditional nature of presence

a space to allow all experience.


Or as Philip Larkin puts it:

 They fuck you up, your mum and dad.

They may not mean to, but they do.

They fill you with the faults they had

And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn

By fools in old-style hats and coats,

Who half the time were soppy-stern

And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.

It deepens like a coastal shelf.

Get out as early as you can,

And don’t have any kids yourself.


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