Monday, August 5, 2013

Loving Presence to the "Giant Wound" is the one thing necessary

Knowledge is the gathering of information. It involves "having the facts straight." This is beneficial to have. But all the information in the world does not of itself accumulate into wisdom. I suggest that wisdom is precisely the freedom to be present. Wise people always know how to be present, but it is much more than that. Presence is wisdom! People who are fully present know how to see fully, rightly and truthfully. Presence is the one thing necessary, and in many ways, the hardest thing of all. Just try to keep your heart open, your mind without division or resistance, and your body not somewhere else. Presence is the practical, daily task of all mature religion and all spiritual disciplines (p. 59-60).