Becoming Present, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
                                                                                                      --  Exodus 33:24

I have been riding around with my husband in his antique MGB.  Apparently middle Tennessee doesn't mow roadsides anymore and since the car sits so low, I am looking at miles and miles of weeds and tall grass.
  
"Boring", my mind says.
 
Then I notice those pretty yellow flowers and beautiful purple thistles mixed in with the weeds.  The ones that make me sneeze, yet I think they are so lovely.
 
That is the way Presence works!  Becoming Present gives judgment a chance to turn into discernment, hate into love, discomfort into pleasure and on and on.
 
However, some theories say the primary addiction under all addictions is the desire to feel better NOW!  That leaves discomfort, irritability and negativity with no place to go but deeper into whom you are becoming.
 
It’s pretty simple and it takes some practice.  As neutrally as possible let discomfort sit with you and name it.  Then WAIT!  You may discover some flowers in the weeds too!

Susan Austin-Crumpton
Executive Director & Founder
The Estuary, Inc.