Recently, a friend of mine offered a sweet hope that I would receive lots of Christmas presents. And even before Christmas has arrived, I have.
I have the knowledge that my family is in relatively good health for right now. That of course, is subject to change, but for right now I am thankful for it.
I got to hear the voices of some friends whom I hadn't talked to in a while.
I found out that in a few months I will be able to spend some time with some dhamma friends whom I haven't seen in a while.
I am currently employed in a job that enhances my practice, and gives me many opportunities to practice compassion. It also will help to fund some stewardship and travel time in the future.
There are really countless things that have occurred in my life that could be considered presents. I feel well-gifted.
What I wish for this Christmas is...presence.
Presence to be aware right now to what is going on, without spending time worrying about the past or future.
Presence to be aware when a friend is feeling low and could use my help.
Presence to just be aware in my own body and know what it needs. To see how fickle the act of wanting and not wanting can be, and how much stress it can cause.
I'm sure we all can think of the benefits of enjoying the gift of now.
So for the upcoming holidays, I wish everyone lots of...