SIMPLE PRESENCE

A

Forum for Growth in Service

Booklet

 

 

Simple presence is the gift of being with, not doing for.

 

 

 

Simple presence is the desire to sit in quiet solidarity with another.

 

 

 

Simple Presence is love demonstrated without the

 

burden of expectation or reward.

 

Simple presence means

 

that I am willing to sit quietly

 

with my fears, needs, and hopes,

 

allowing them to

 

speak to me but not allowing them to

 

force me into anxious action.

 

Simple presence means

 

I am willing to put aside ego

 

and pride

 

in order to truly hear

 

and be with the other.

 

 

Before I approach the other,

 

I will calm

 

and center my spirit.

 

 

 

Before I approach the other,

 

I will lay aside

 

my own pain and anxieties.

 

Before I approach the other, 

 

I will lay aside my expectations 

 

of how this time will be. 

 

 

Before I approach the other, 

 

I will acknowledge 

 

that this is holy ground. 

 

When I leave the other,

 

I will reflect,

 

honoring all emotions,

 

granting myself the grace

 

of tears,  frustration,

 

anger, peace, joy.

 

When I leave the other,

 

I will cherish myself.

 

I will honor my own need

 

for simple presence.

Text by Carol D. Marsh

 

and

 

photos by her brother,

 

William A. Marsh