Meditation I

(to be recited to oneself, one stanza at a time)

Add whatever I am now
to whatever I was.
Let it all sink in.
It is all true.
I am all of this.

Add the sensations of being alive inside my body.
            Let those sink in.
            I am this, too.

Add whatever emotions emerge inside me.
            Let those sink in.
            I am this, too.

Add each perception, each experience of the world around me.
            Let those sink in.
            I am this, too.

Add each reaction I have to whatever occurs.
            Let those sink in.
            I am this, too.

Add each impression of myself that appears.
            Let those sink in.
            I am this, too.

Add all the thoughts coming and going.
(Thoughts won’t get in the way of this larger entity that I am.
Once felt, it is too real, too strong to be obliterated by mere thought.)
           
            Let the reality of all of it sink in.
            Feeling more alive, more like myself, with every breath.

Much more than the sum of all these parts,
            I am a living whole,
            a reflection of the Living Whole
            that is everything.

As things slow down inside,
each breath becomes an avowal
of the sacred fact of existence—

even as the mystery
at the core of it remains.

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