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The Presence Project Podcast

Jun 27, 2019

10 Minutes of Stillness is a modern, accessible version of the Sacrament of the Present Moment.

In Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, Emily who died in childbirth was given the gift of going back to spend one full day with her family. After the day is over, she sobs as she tells the stage manager, “We don’t have time to look at one another. I didn’t realize. So all that was going on and we never any human beings ever realize life while they live it, every, every minute?

Stage Manager answers, “No, the saints and poets, maybe--they do some.”

At its most basic, 10 Minutes of Stillness is an invitation to realize life while we live it. A way back to wonder. That’s what this episode is about.

And as Mary Oliver pointed out, it’s the perfect practice for your summer day.