|Siesta Key Beach, Fla.|
"The core of our being, the most
treasured part of our existence,
is a contemplative life -
a life lived in awareness
of the divinity within. The challenge
of maintaining this awareness
is to sit openhanded to receive all that comes.
It is not possible to hold on to one thought,
memory, or idea and continue the contemplative journey.
It requires a willingness to live this moment as keenly as possible, always aware of the many dimensions of now. Staying openhanded, treasuring but not grasping, is critical to the contemplative stance."
(Without permission I changed a few words to adapt it from the personal to impersonal - "my" to "our", and then from the impersonal to the personal "the divine" to "divinity within".)