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The Power of Purpose, 3rd Edition by Richard J. Leider

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CHAPTER 13Living with Presence

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How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

ANNIE DILLARD

Annie Dillard’s reflection on presence is intriguing. But, what exactly makes presence possible?

The concept of presence is grounded in the practice of mindfulness—the ability to fully inhabit our daily experience. Mindfulness is an antidote to stress and anxiety. The root of our anxiety is our tendency to live for the future which keeps us from fully inhabiting the present.

Living with presence, of course, through the busy routines of work and life is not easy.

The late aikido master and author, George Leonard, observed, “We are always practicing ...

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