“The Presence of Slowing”

29 06 2012




In his book, The Wisdom of Wilderness, Gerald May talks about “The Presence of Slowing.”


This presence cannot be grasped nor contained;

We cannot hold it for our own…

We can only be aware;


Be ready to welcome;

Open to let this Presence wash over us…

Lean into its sanctuary…

And let it go


Mary Oliver’s words come to mind:

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”

(from “Yes! No!”, Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Eassays




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