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.
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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