On Love and Presence
Fragment from imaginary dialogues
“Meditation is a practice, so a means to an end. What is its end?”
“The skill of Presence.
The skill determines the amount of time you spend in the present moment – how present you are in your own life –, which reflects the level of control over your own mental/emotional processes.”
“So Meditation is the practice of the skill of Presence.”
I also like to think of Meditation as the unit of practice.”
“Why do you keep redrawing the map of the practice?”
“I’m constantly trying to simplify it, to get to the essence of it.”
“What’s the newest insight?”
“To practice Presence is to practice Love.
The practice has two components:
Maintaining your attention on one thing. It can be the breath, or anything else.
The response to your present experience, whatever it is.
We might call them Loving Attention and Loving Acceptance.”
“What about Kindness and Compassion?”
“I see Kindness, Compassion and Gratitude as expressions of Love.“