Pure Presence – Richard Rohr

Wisdom is bright and does not grow dim… and is found by those who look for her. -Wisdom 6:12

Wisdom is not the gathering of more facts and information, as if that would eventually coalesce into truth. Wisdom is precisely a different way of seeing and knowing the ten thousand things in a new way. I suggest that wisdom is precisely the freedom to be truly present to what is right in front of you. Presence is wisdom! People who are fully present know how to see fully, rightly, and truthfully.

Presence is the one thing necessary for wisdom and, in many ways, it is the hardest thing of all. Just try to keep (1) your heart space open, (2) your mind without division or resistance, and (3) your body aware of where it is-all at the same time! Most religions just decided it was easier to believe doctrines and obey often-arbitrary laws than take on the truly converting work of being present. Those who can be present will know what they need to know, and in a wisdom way.

+Adapted from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, pp. 59-60.

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