Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence (19:34 min.) - Tara Brach

Meditation: Refuge in Living Presence (19:34 min.)

Refuge in Living Presence


This meditation guides us to rest in the aliveness of the changing stream of sensations, sounds and feelings. As we open to the awareness that includes all life, we touch the peace, stillness and wakefulness that is our essence.

We close with Wendell Berry’s beautiful poem, “The Peace of Wild Things.”  

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry

Photo: Sherry Merrick


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