the title is a book by wayne muller.
i am slowly reading this book.
it’s all about presence.
it’s all about many things.
right now i read this:
There is a time to give and a time to receive. If we can rest comfortably in this natural rhythm, allowing time and attention for both, we begin to cultivate an easy, effortless sense of replenishing abundance.
and a few pages later: If we are attentive and awake, we know when we honestly have care and attention to give and when we are actually in need of care and attention ourselves.
and the title of the next chapter, which i haven’t yet read: The Sufficiency of Presence.
don’t we learn as we grow through our days that it’s really the sufficiency of presence which is enough, more than enough?
it’s our heart beating next to a loved one. it’s the way we hum when we’re happy. it’s our deep listening. it’s our rhythm of expression and silence. it’s our dance.
so often we think it must be more than presence. we think we must help, heal, entertain, serve, do some grandiose act.
but, truly, accompaniment is the miracle. presence is the miracle.
we’re walking side by side in this moment.
sometimes you pause along the path to rest. i nurture your silence, honoring it, allowing it.
sometimes i rest in our friendship and you carry my spirit in a pocket near your heart.
life doesn’t get more astounding than this, does it?