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 “This present moment, in other words, is made of a whole lot of pasts.”

“And you can’t dismiss this “over-lapping pasts making the present” thing as some kind of astronomy weirdness. Nope, it’s the fabric of everything you experience. When you look at a mountain peak 30 kilometers away you see it not as it exists now but as it existed a 1/10,000 of a second ago. The light fixture three meters above your head is seen not as it exists now but as it was a hundred millionth of a second ago. Gazing into your child’s eyes you see her not for who they are now but for who they were a 10-billionth of a second in the past.” ~ Adam Frank


“You’re not here anymore. You’ve got to leave
in order to return to the present.”

Paulo Coehlo, Aleph (p. 9)

Sometimes, to experience presence we have to leave home and journey to new places and spaces in our body, heart, mind, spirit and soul. Physical travel allows all these parts of us to venture out and then return home integrated and filled with gratitude and appreciation, which increases presence wherever you are.

There's No Place Like Presence -- photo by Mary Marcdante

The cliches “Familiarity breeds contempt,” “You’re never a hero in your own town,” and “Don’t get too comfortable,” are cliches for a reason – all of these phrases remind us of how easy it is to become numb to the gifts right in front of our eyes. As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz said when she returned to Kansas, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” But she had to leave home to reawaken that feeling.

What new places call to you? Where might you visit that will bring you closer to your Self?

There’s no place like Presence, there no place like Presence, there’s no place like Presence.