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Presence Is Not Something To Do

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going to talk

about a new way of accessing presence.

So I'll start with a statement.

Presence is not something you do.

It's something you remember.

Presence is not something you do.

It's something you remember.

So notice what comes up

for you when you hear that.

The interesting thing about mindfulness

is that it's a word translated from

another word in the Pali language.

And that word is, Sati.

S A T I.

But the direct translation of Sati

is not mindfulness or presence.

It's actually to remember, to remember.

And it's this remembering of where we

are right now, of who we are, of the

part of us that is not our thoughts,

our stories, our conditioning, the

part of us that is inherently whole and

complete, that's what were remembering.

I think in the context of presence,

especially these days as mindfulness,

meditation all becomes mainstream, it can

feel like, well, I have to be present.

It's another thing I need to do.

Another thing I need to

cross off my to-do list.

I need to get right.

I need to perfect.

All of that.


And at least for me that I just,

I feel my system gripping around

that, embracing around that.

And it feels antithetical

to my, my interest in this

practice in the first place.

And so what if it weren't

something you had to do, but just

something that you had to remember?

For me, there's a softening into it.

There's a reconnecting to

something that's already here, not

something that I need to generate.

I can relax into the experience of

presence rather than trying to create

it or get somewhere where I'll find it.

So I just invite you to reframe that

for yourself in your day today, and

maybe for the rest of your life.

Perhaps presence, isn't something you need

to do, but rather something you remember.

Thank you for your practice.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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