Human beings are constantly searching for ways to avoid stress. We take drugs, we exercise, drink, keep busy, text, go to the movies, watch television, shop, play, etc.; anything that will temporarily turn off that dialogue in our heads. Of course, when that dialogue is running, it is usually running us, and we are not present to what is actually really there. When we are being present there is no dialogue, there is only external visual, auditory, olfactory, and kinesthetic awareness.
I just recently went to the Grand Canyon by myself, both to take photographs, and to be present. On one of my excursions, I met Katie, on the shuttle to Yaqui Point. Katie just returned from Big Sur and was headed to Yaqui Point at sunrise to just be.
Here she sits on the edge of the South Rim with her legs hanging over the edge. Really?
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