In life we spend most of our time bracing and fighting with our conditions, pushing them off, resisting. This creates a state of inner turmoil where there cannot possibly be inner silence. So you start complaining and lose the opportunity to rise to the occasion by embracing your situation from a deeper place.

Instead of bracing and fighting it is possible to use the conditions of your life to practice your prayer.

This is an internal accepting having to do with what’s going on in the moment. It doesn’t have to do with what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. It doesn’t have to do with rolling over and playing dead.

Confronted with any situation in life, anything that hits you in the external world, you have a choice in the moment. You can harden and resist or you can soften and yield. If you harden and resist, if you brace against it, you will be thrown out of peace and back into ego. If you yield, soften and consciously embrace this now regardless of this moment’s psychological content, you will stay connected with your practice and then you will choose what to do from a stronger more healthy place.

The contemplative stance says that intelligent conscious choice can only be made from a place of inner embracing first. As long as you’re fighting, as long as you’re running from this moment, you won’t be able to choose from anywhere within yourself other than your small self.

If you show up, you have a responsibility to be present.

If you show up but are not present, you are diminishing your own being.

This moment can always be endured. Where we get into trouble is that we borrow trouble from the future.

Embrace exactly what’s here now without resisting it. You will find that life will flow through it and it can actually energize you. Turn and meet this moment with consciousness. Things will flow into you and out of you. Be present to the possibilities that are always there in any moment when you put yourself fully in it.

It doesn’t have to be pleasant. Your ability to survive and flourish does not dependent on your first making everything in this moment pleasant. You don’t have to lie to yourself and pretend a situation is not what it is. You can work with the conditions as they are.

“Take a position; leave a position.”

When a position is over, you leave it and take a new position without nostalgia, without looking back. Every moment has a different demand and requires different energy. Every situation is fresh. States come and go. Being remains. There is a vein of continuity that connects them and makes them into one unbroken action.

You can do this prayer in any state because it is an act of being. It is a gift of being.

A river does run through your life and it is God. We must learn to trust the river.

Every position in life is a sacred gesture of the altar and you need to meet them with the right energy.

Do not compare. Let every moment be fresh; this is beginner’s mind.

Attention brings us to that place of “I am” presence. It increases your connection to your “I amness.” You need to learn to put your mind at one point, keeping it there and being able to give attention when things are not interesting.

Attention is a sacred substance. What you pay attention to grows. Attention practice tends towards the acquisitive. So surrender is needed to learn to flow out into life. They are parallel tracks. We have to learn both.

Human beings are three centered: 1. mind 2. emotional = nervous system 3. body = moving centre. All three need to be engaged and in balance. Each centre has its particular wisdom to give. The skills we need to do the spiritual life are embedded in the body.

Trying to learn faith with the head is crazy. Everybody needs to have some kind of physical spiritual practice which allows you to be more fully present to being.

Your major purpose in this prayer is preparing you soul to be a tabernacle for God.