Peace, one and all…
Lack of Presence can, it seems, be bad for your health!
As I was cooking last night’s dinner, my mind was occupied with all the mundane details of life. Before I knew it I had cut my thumb quite badly. Al hamdu lillahi ala kulli hal! Accidents sometimes happen for a reason. I need to concentrate upon the immediate task at hand.
Priorities, in other words, are what it is all about. We need to be Present in order to know when a given situation is dangerous. I wonder how much this accounts for sin. Is sin merely unthought-through action/desire? If I was able to truly think through the consequences of my actions, then would I ever really sin? Or, at least, would I sin knowingly?
Being Present, then, is the way forward. The ability to live fully in each moment, to be there in each moment, is what I’m looking for. Presence, as a descriptive label, feels right to me for several reasons. Firstly, becoming present suggests that I am already capable. I couldn’t be Present if it was impossible. Secondly, Presence suggests companionship. That is, I am in the Presence of others and ultimately, I am ever-Present before the One (whether I realise that in each moment is a very different matter). Thirdly, Presence makes me think of giving something, or presenting something. I am struggling to Present my service and Love to God, my true Beloved.
Presence is thus a rich metaphor and metaphors help us find our way in this confused and confusing world.
Wa akhiru da’wana an il hamdu lillahi rabbil alameen…