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“Presence encourages the cultivation of perspective.  It supports our natural inner stirring towards wholeness and maturity.  As we begin to trust in the truth of our own experience, moment to moment, we slowly begin to notice nuance and details of our experiences. 

From an emotional and psychological perspective, the practice of presence cultivates a center within us from which we are able to be aware of the contents of our personal experience without being overly identified with those contents.  Presence allows us a place to rest in our own truth, discover our own stillpoint—that stillness within-- and then to respond rather than react."

                                                        -Joanne O'Neil

 

Cover art: Susan Crumpacker Murphy

2005  "Soul Presence Enduring"