1321. Sense your Being, your own presence. That’s a source of joy. That’s the ultimate gratitude. ~Eckhart Tolle

presence

noun pres·ence \ˈpre-zən(t)s\
:  the fact or condition of being present
:  the bearing, carriage, or air of a person;
: the state of being closely focused on the here and now, not distracted by irrelevant thoughts

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A fellow blogger posted the above quote by Tolle yesterday, and since then I’ve been thinking about it and what it means. For me it begs the question as to whether it’s just a matter of being visible and tangible or more than that a matter of reflecting the sacred Image in which we are made. And if it is the latter, what does that reflection look like. I believe it is one where goodness and light are as apparent as physical attributes and personality particulars. For example light can be so prevalent in some, as was so with my father, that there’s a perceivable twinkle in the eyes that warms and begets a very real presence even in photographs. And as for goodness, when present it is like an aura that surrounds and defines a person.

To quote Tolle again, “The answer is, who you are cannot be defined through thinking or mental labels or definitions, because it’s beyond that. It is the very sense of being, or presence, that is there when you become conscious of the present moment.” In the first quote Tolle implores us to be aware of our Being as a source of joy and gratitude. That should occur in every moment if we remain aware of the fact that life is gift and express our gratitude to the Maker of all life for that gift. According to Alan Cohen, “appreciation is the highest from of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”

So presence it seems to me is an awareness of the sacred ground on which we stand at every moment of our lives, an awareness of the sanctity of all living things, an awareness of the holy air we breathe, an awareness of the holy light that shines on and in everyone, an awareness of intentional and divine creation, and an awareness that He who brought us here saw that all He did and made was good. So when we are asked to sense our own presence we should realize that first and foremost it is “purely and completely evidence of God’s grace” in our lives. Walt Whitman once penned, “we convince by our presence,” and so it is not our face nor our hair nor our size nor any such thing that matters when we talk of presence. It must always be the goodness and light we bring to our “state of being closely focused on the here and now” which is “not distracted by irrelevant thoughts” as Webster so aptly defined it in his dictionary notation above.

God intended Earth.
God intended the waters.
God intended you and me.
We were created in the image 
and
the likeness of God; 
we are holograms, if you will.
So the power, the presence, the energy
is within you and me.
The energy of God, as life,
 is within each of us.
~Mary Manin Morrissey

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. ~Excerpt from Genesis 1:31  ✝

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8 thoughts on “1321. Sense your Being, your own presence. That’s a source of joy. That’s the ultimate gratitude. ~Eckhart Tolle

  1. busy busy—rush to atlanta, rush back to working the store till close..day in day out—no time to turn around…so the idea of presence is so utterly crucial..
    and to be in the presence of the One True God, is so deeply needed!!
    thank you for he reminder, for verbalizing the need of this heart of mine…

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  2. Presence is what I see
    when I embrace the
    spirit alive within your
    heartfelt words

    For the radiance which
    comes to life makes me
    also inspired to write so
    many poems by their
    melodies which are heard

    For I am always move to
    let others know the
    the golden glow which
    brings my heart to smile

    For within your words
    are always found the
    goodness of Him, who
    makes our lives so very
    worthwhile.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    His presence is always genuinely
    alive in every ounce of love we
    share with another…for our love
    was birthed by Him, and mean’t
    to nourish others so they might
    receive the same treasure in
    their lives each day , that we
    are blessed to embrace.

    Natalie, I love embracing what
    you share in such a nurturing,
    humble and selfless way…you always
    reflect His best qualities. That is why
    it is so easy to love you dear sister!
    God bless!

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    • Wow I’m moved to tears by this lovely comment dear Wendell! May others always see Jesus in our words, our hearts, and our presence! Come oh come Emmanuel and live in us and shine in us so that the whole world sees your radiance and comes to know and love you as we do‼️❌⭕️🎄

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