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    On Jul 13, 2013 david doane wrote:

     An ordinary accepting presence is an extraordinary accomplishment in that few people accomplish it and it is difficult to accomplish in that it is not what we are taught and encouraged to accomplish and it is not what our culture promotes and values.  We are taught to strive and seek, accumulate, be goal and future oriented rather than allow and develop an ordinary accepting presence.  One engages in an insightful rest by learning to be present, "rest in your beingness," as the author states.  Attention to breathing, meditation, or an experience in being present may help achieve this state.  As for a personal experience, there are times that I allow myself to be or rest in the present, whether alone or with another, noticing what I am experiencing, attending to my perceptions of the other, and in the process insights about myself and the other occur.  Such experiences are very satisfying.

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