I am not defined by my body
I am not defined by my thoughts
I am not defined by my relationships
I am not defined by my emotions
I am not defined by my pain
I am not defined by my past
I am not defined by my possessions
I am not defined by my accomplishments
I am not defined by my career, sexuality, race, skin colour, age, gender….
I am indefinable
We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness. Little do we realize that God is maintaining us in existence with every breath we take. As you take another breath (right now!) it means that God is choosing your existence now, and now, and again now. We have nothing to attain or even learn, only something wonderful to accept. We do, however, need to unlearn some things.
To become aware of God’s presence in our lives, we have to accept what is often difficult—that human culture is in a mass hypnotic trance. We’re sleep-walkers. All religious teachers have recognized that we human beings do not naturally see; we have to be taught how to see. That’s why the Buddha and Jesus say with one voice, “Be awake.” We have to learn to see what is already there.
Prayer is not primarily saying words or thinking thoughts. It is, rather, a stance. It’s a way of living in the Presence, living in awareness of the Presence, and even of enjoying the Presence. The full contemplative is not just aware of the Presence, but trusts, allows, and delights inside of an active and experienced Union.” —Richard Rohr, “Everything Belongs” (via wordslessspoken)