2/08/2011

Achieve Presence: the Rest is Grace

The greatest human achievement is to rest our awareness in the never-ending expansion of this moment. All else is Grace.

Think of your accomplishments. When you achieved what was truly original, creative and fresh, it happened. It was a gift. The gift was given when you were most deeply surrendered to the now, effortlessly centered in working at what you loved to do.

This is not a practice of contemplation, but skill in action. Work hard, but offer your work 100% in the present moment, without any concern for the future outcome. Here is the secret of success, as taught by Jesus: "My grace is sufficient." In Judaism, it is the humble offering of each mundane act as a Mitvah. This open secret is the essence of the Bhagavad Gita (2:47) and the Tao Te Ching (wei wu wei): action without a doer.

Presence turns work into Grace.

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