The chocolates are holding their own…me too…
Through presence, I will create a refuge
where dignity can be restored,
where the essence of others can be discovered,
where cultural blindness can be erased.
It is here that I bring presence to my relationships.
creating what is possible in a friendship–
where the history of my essential being can meet with another,
never to be erased by time or distance.
It is here that I know that I am never alone,
because the presence of others lingers in my heart.
When presence mirrors truth, I discover my own inherent majesty,
remembering who I am.
In the full acceptance of the moment,
presence allows me to let go the fears of childhood
and to embrace the truth within myself.
It is here that my darkness can be embraced and dispelled,
allowing profound intimacy to be born and nurtured.
In seeing life’s shadows as well as its light,
I can dedicate myself to embrace diversity
and to build community.
By promising the gift of time to appreciate myself and others,
I am at one with Spirit,
exalting in the microcosm of universal creativity,
and the mindfulness that is.
In this moment, I am presence.