Excerpt from Let Food Be Thy Gift
The Power of Presence
We are all desperately looking for places to be known and accepted. I deeply desire a community full of people that I can touch, smell, see and hear. However, neither you or I will ever find community in places where we cannot be our whole selves and where we cannot be fully present (body, heart, mind and spirit). We are designed to live in real community where we can practice receiving and giving honor and respect to our voices, truths, gifts and time. We are also designed to be together and share our laughter, tears, fears, hopes and dreams.
If we don’t create these places, then we will continue to look for life and love in places where we are forced to disconnect our real person from the real gifts that we have to give. We cannot possibly fit our whole person in a tweet, post or pic. Without the ability to be fully present, we will be disconnected from the divine power that lives within us and is unleashed in real relationships.
Remember… your experience, strength and hope are the real gifts that you can give to others to know you better and to encourage others to know themselves more. Even our dark places, annoying habits, deep fears and hard truths have a purpose to help us grow, flourish and become who we are designed to be.
There is Power in Presence. There is Power in Truth. There is Power in Love. We desperately need your presence to experience your truth and love to expose the power that lives inside of us- in our truth and love. Perhaps, it is time to put down our phones and invite others into our homes and hearts to break bread and to break down these walls that are keeping us from living how we are designed to be healthy, whole, holy and very human-Beings.