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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

On Presence...

This is an exciting day! I've learned to cut through some limiting thoughts about myself and what I can accomplish in life. I hope you will share stories of your wanderings and days of waking up to some new parts of yourselves as well.

What I would like to share today is a comment about why I named my company Presence. Being present had a double meaning to me -- which I found very succinctly written in Webster's dictionary today. Definition one says: " the fact or condition of being present". Now what does that mean? My teachings tell me that a goal is to be present in our own lives day to day. To the best of our abilities on that day, we are not letting old tapes run us or just hurrying through the day without noticing things that are wondrous right under our noses. Help me name some -- the smell of the coffee, the warmth of your robe or shower, etc. The smiling face of a child, a stranger or a pet...the first shoots of new spring growth...the list goes on and on.

Coincidentally, I noticed that when I was dyeing fabric, I really had to be present. I really loved watching the process unfold, and I began to notice that things often went differently than I had planned. (Sounds like life, huh?) But if I stayed with the process and listened, I would either learn something really valuable from that experiment or figure out how to keep going to get an outcome I wanted.

So, today I challenge you to start to notice what is going on right now. Be present in and enjoy the wonder that is your life.

Next blogs: the other meaning of Presence and "on joy".

You guys chime in!


  1. Welcome to the blogosphere. I hope you'll soon add a link to your website on your blog.

    This morning when I walked into my office, I was especially aware of the smell of a wonderful candle I burned several weeks ago--but after being shut all night, that smell gathered in the space and greeted me this morning. Presence.

  2. Welcome to blogging. It's fun and I do notice it's making me pay attention (another way of being present). I find white on black a bit hard to read and I do recommend including pictures and profile.

  3. Hooray! I am so happy you are blogging. I love your very thoughtful first post and I suspect this will be a blog full of insight and intention.

  4. Hi Suzanne, I am just getting to read your blog. I have been brushing my dogs fur just now. It is so tactie to brush them and visual too. Then there is the doggie fragrance, full of the dust from rolling 'round in play. Thank you for the reminder. Ruthie