and atpeacewith theworld. My only thoughtwas
This is the way I wasmeant to be.
Forthenextfewdays,thissenseof fullnessandbelonginglingeredin my body. I noticed that the world felt friendlier. It was easier to be akindbigsister.ItwaseasiertolivebytheSunday-schooldictateto“lovethyneighbor.”Thatwasmyﬁrstconscioustasteof directlyexperienc-ing the deep ﬂow of life energy we all have available to us — a con-nection that brings us into the moment and naturally feeds our senseof Full Body Presence, making true compassion possible.Almost everyone has experienced sacred moments or encountersof thiskind.Thesenseof beingfullypresentcomesinallkindsof ways —perhapsadeepconnectednesswhenholdinganewborn,feelingthewindonyourfacewhilelookingoutoverabreathtakingmountainvista,beingheldsafelyinthearmsof yourbeloved,orexperiencingthegraceof meditation or prayer.Within a few weeks of my experience, that feeling of oneness andFull Body Presence dissipated and became a distant memory. To onedegreeoranother,thisdiminishmentof FullBodyPresenceinevitablyhappens to us all, depending on the circumstances. Some of us barelyhaveachancetoexperiencewhatitisliketobefree,toinhabitourbod-ies, to have a sense of oneness, to trust ourselves and feel comfortablein the world. We easily get caught up in the cultural trance, in others’expectations, in busyness, in fear, anger, or doubt.ThatsummernightexperiencewhenIwasten,aswellassimilarex-periencesthatfollowed,ledmetobecomedeeplyinterestedintheprocessofbecomingmorefullypresentineachmomentofmylife.Istudiedyoga,taichi,qigong,meditation,andNativeAmericanspiritualpractices.Forthelasttwenty-ﬁveyears,Ihavebeenbringingmyknowledgetoothers,helpingthemaccesstheirowninternalaliveness,usingCranio-Sacraltherapyandotherbodyworkmodalities.Ihavelearnedthatwhenwe have the skills to drop directly into the sensations within our bod-ies—lettingthemindbecomeourallybysimplynoticingwhatisgoing
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