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Celebrate with presence!

His disciples said to Him , “When will the kingdom come?”
And The Christ said: “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not come by a matter of saying ‘here it is’ or ‘there it is’! Rather the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth and men do not see it.”

“The man that takes to the plow and looks back is not worthy of the kingdom of heaven.” Luke 9:62

“We must not wish anything other than what happens from moment to moment, all the while, however, exercising ourselves in goodness.”–St Catherine of Genoa

“…Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”–Gospel of Thomas

“The Kingdom of God is within you.”–Luke 17:20-21

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,  for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~~Matthew 6:25-34

“Pray and you will be condemned…”–Gospel of Thomas (14a)

Presence! What does it mean?

I recently came across an article in a Buddhist magazine in which the author stated that we can’t help but being present because we are always here in bodily form; we can’t be anywhere else. Then he proceeded on a tangent of thought that I can’t remember at the moment; it was irrelevant anyway.

He was misunderstanding what “presence” is. If our body is here but our mind is in some distant past, unforeseeable future or imaginary situation, we are not present. Our mind is running away with us. Our presence of mind is gone. We are not awake.

Right thought is the thought placed in what we are doing or experiencing in the present moment. The mind is stilled then; that is, present.

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