The Practice of ~ Presence (Remix)
The Scripture ~ “My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest.”
~ God ~ Exodus 33:14
The Spiritual Focus ~ “The most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God. That means finding constant pleasure in His divine company, speaking humbly and lovingly with him in all seasons, at every moment, without limiting the conversation in any way.” Brother Lawrence.
Breath Prayer ~ Inhale ~ Resting in, Exhale ~ God’s presence.
Devotion ~ God’s presence is inescapable. Whether we are aware of it or not, God’s presence is promised and God is faithful to that promise. Many have tried to explain what an experience of God’s presence is like, hoping that in sharing their experience, others will also enjoy the experience as they have. Sometimes this is true, yet it seems more likely that the experience of God is as unique as each individual. Fr. Richard Rohr in his podcast Another Name for Everything gives us another idea about what it is like to experience God’s Presence. He suggests that we need not try so hard for an experience of God, that God’s presence flows in, around, and through all creation and we need but step into the flow to experience God and God’s unconditional love.
Flowing is something taught in yoga. We flow when we pay attention to our breath and when we move from one asana to another. We flow when what we learn on our mats about God’s presence, lives off our mats and into the world.
For the next couple of weeks we will practice ways of being in the flow of God’s love and presence. Practicing God’s presence in creation, in each other and within ourselves…