Soul Musings/Day 4: Giving The Gift of Presence


Giving presence is a gift to another and being present is a gift to yourself.  Today a very beloved friend learned that her eldest brother was in a car crash in which he was paralyzed from the neck down, and then taken off of life support.

I was with this friend all day today helping her move to a larger apartment before she was informed of this tragic news.  This evening I listened deeply, offered my loving assistance, and was painfully reminded once again how short and uncertain our lives really are. 

What are we doing when we say we are “too busy” to get together; are transfixed by our smart phones, Facebook, or e-mail; forget to look our friend or lover in the eyes and hold the gaze with a depth of intimacy and transparency; take for granted the astonishing beauty of our natural world; tell a child that we have “important things to do” when all they want is loving attention. 

In this moment as you are reading this take a full embodied inhale, hold for a pause and then with willingness to surrender exhale fully while being reminded of why you are here….that deep calling that has been there for lifetimes. 

Show up in the moment, hold someone’s hand when they are dying, create an inspired connection, allow for each and every moment to unfold with intimate attention, love with abandon, and listen…..listen deeply to the present and fully be the presence.

…..for our lives are gone so quickly.



Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Soul of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

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Use breath time out

Show up in the moment

Listen deeply to another

Create true connection

Holding someones hand when they are dying – why wait for that level of intimacy

Allow the moment to unfold and cherish it….our lives gone so quickly

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Gaye Abbott

NATURAL PASSAGES CONSULTING Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Heart of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Mind, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time. Gaye Abbott, is a wild and free soul who just so happens to LOVE writing, playing with energy, ecstatic dance and free form movement, living and breathing in nature, her 3 sons and 3 grandchildren, communing with friends and global community, organic food and cooking, creating home sanctuaries to live within, a lack of material possessions....and laughter every single day! As a wise elder of 72 years she feels decades younger....and acts it too! Devoted to being of service to the Earth and all living beings Gaye seeks the peace of mind and openness of heart that provides the foundation for effective action in the world and her community. OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT: Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

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