April 02-B, 2023

Dories at Rockport Harbor 09/25/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Rockport, Maine
Our daily practice begins
with clearing a space
where we can relax
and be present
with what is present with us.

If we can sit still and quiet, fine.
If we cannot, fine.
We can still ourseves
and be quiet
in any environment.
All it takes is being aware
of the environment
and of our body.
And relaxing ourselves into
our environment
in a "Here we are,
what's it like to be here, now?"
kind of way.

Paying attention to here/now
in a relaxed-as-much-as-appropriate mien
is to be open here/now
to what is here/now,
and that is all that is needed
to be with whatever is with us
on all levels.

Watching our body/mind relax
into here/now,
places us in the position
of being able to respond fittingly
to anything that happens
in each situation as it arises
throughout the day,
every day.

Start there.
Do that.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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