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    On Jan 6, 2012 Conrad wrote:

    Thanks for the opportunity to respond.  Keating is truly wonderful. Elsewhere he stated: "God's first language is silence.  All else is a poor translation."

    I find his notion of contemplation to mean awareness of one's present experience.  I've heard of people who are so presently aware that they are "no one, going nowhere."  That has the same meaning as being at one with everything.

    I personally have difficulties with differences.especially a difference between being and becoming since me and everything else changes so rapidly.  Because of very rapid change, I barely know anything other than that I am presently calm and peaceful with my limited awareness.  My limited awareness gives me great gratitude for being alive. I cultivate a limited awareness through meditation moving towards the being of anything I do or don't too can be a meditation. the ultimate mystery for me is awe-inspiring which generates wonder.  All it also gives me a warm feeling.  The noticing that this is it is helpful also noticing that it is helpful to forgive yourself again, and again, and again.Warm and kind regards to everyone.



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