true welcoming

welcoming is not something a mind can practice,
it is a word that takes us through its doorway into harmony with life,
it is an attribute of consciousness.

in a moment of genuine welcoming
of all the elements of our experience,
the totality of that which appears to us,
we are grounding ourselves in the reality of our Being,
even if unknowingly at first.

there may be a great softening of the edges of things
when the mind realizes there is nothing to fight,
when the body realizes there is safety in this welcoming presence,
when the world ceases to seem alienating and strange.

there may be a deep relaxation which leads effortlessly towards stillness and silence.
all that’s required is to genuinely welcome this
whatever perceptions are here right now.

we can still say ‘No’
we can still think
we can still consider the past and future
we can still get involved in political issues (or whatever)

there is no bypass because in the true welcoming of consciousness
all our experiences are met as they are
without the agenda of assumptions about the way things ought to be

a moment of welcoming
is a moment of innocence

the doorway is always open

we are really this imperturbable, infinite welcoming presence
and to welcome is to remember again our natural stance
towards the life we have emanated out of our stillness

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