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Presence (#1, Ecuador, 2013)

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.

My place of residence with Adelaida and her daughter Amrita (my god daughter) is about 15 minutes southeast of Otavalo, heading toward the town of Cotacachi. For reference, Ibarra is about 35 minutes northeast of Otavalo.

I am more and more deeply aware in my life of the importance of PRESENCE as I live it out, and who better to encapsulate what that means than a favorite Irish poet, John O'Donohue.

John O'Donohue, 1 January 1956 - 4 January 2008, was an Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher. He was a native Irish speaker, and as an author is best known for popularizing Celtic spirituality.


Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.

Have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.

Receive encouragement when new frontiers beckon.

Respond to the call of your gift and the courage to
follow its path.

Let the flame of anger free you of all falsity.

May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.

May anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of

Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek
no attention.

Be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven
around the heart of wonder.

I arrived to Ecuador in time to celebrate Amrita's 13th birthday on Dec 30 and to bring in the new year. There is a tradition here to create a dummy/puppet character named "Old Year" out of clothes and other things one is ready to release. This is the version we created. Here I am with Mr. Old Year and Adelaida, as well as her wonderful ex-pat American neighbor, Casandra from Georgia (her lovely husband Julian is taking the photo). You can see Adelaida's wood frame house in the background and to the left. of Julian and Casandra's terra cotta home. My little bedroom is on the second floor.

Here's Julian with Sr. Ano Viejo

Dec 31, burning the old, making way for the new

Dec 30, Amrita's birthday party. Just a couple shots, because I can't download my camera. About 50 friends, young and old, came to their home and lots of good vibes and good food were shared. The "birthday girl" Amrita is behind me in purple.

Marion is a physician who is also adept at massage and other therapies. Poor Adelaida was experiencing lots of neck and shoulder pain, and got a wonderful massage.


Sunday Cotacachi Organic Market

So, I hope with this little glimpse that you've felt a bit of Presence.

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