By Susan Martin Counselling Psychotherapy Supervision – Therapy In Clapham South, London, Battersea,Tooting, Balham, South West London, Clapham SW4, SW10, SW11, SW12
Back in May 2016 I wrote a blog a Mindfulness. Setting out what it is and how it might help.
In essence Mindfulness helps you spot when you are not present in the moment. You are being distracted by a thought, that pulls you to the past or into the future. So you become disconnected form yourself. So what then is Presence?
It is all that Mindfulness points to, that of being present in each moment. Paying attention to what is happening in the body, your thoughts and emotions. According to A.H. Almaas Presence is not one thing, it is “An intelligence, luminous, self-aware medium that knows itself by being itself. Presence in not known by the mind; it is actually the source of the mind.” He calls it “the central element of the path” as it endlessly reveals our true spiritual nature.“Eventually, we recognise that immediacy really means presence. That is, when our experience becomes truly immediate – without the interposition of any mental construct – then we are here, really in the now, fully I our experience. To be in our experience in this way is what we call presence and that is what we mean when we talk about truly being ourselves.
We realise that “being here” means, “I am actually the presence that I am. I am here at this very moment and my experience is not a mental construction dredged up from the past. I am just what I am in my factness, and I am experiencing this moment completely, directly, without intervening.”
(The Unfolding Now; A H Almass; Page.136)
If you are interested in knowing more? If yes, then Almass, Karen Johnson and two other teachers in the Diamond Approach
( www.diamondapproach.org ) are presenting an 8-Week On-line course Presence. Details of the course contact can be found at
Susan Martin Counselling Psychotherapy Supervision.