learning living presence

“every moment has the possibility of delighting us, nurturing us, supporting us–IF we are here to see it…

it is extremely common tendency to flee from what we are actually facing into our imagination, romanticizing or dramatizing our situation, justifying ourselves, or even escaping into “spirituality.” Staying with our real experience of ourselves and our situation will teach us exactly what we need to know for growth…

perhAp, but one central aspect of a mature love of ourselves is caring about growth sufficiently that we do not flee from discomfort or pain of our actual condition. we must love ourselves enough not to abandon ourselves–and we abandon ourselves to the degree that we are not fully present to our own lives.” –Riso/Russo, The wisdom of the enneagram.