Yesterday I was sitting in the library, reading Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “You are Here” about being truly present and all that it unlocks.
One of the mantras touched me so deeply, I started crying in the middle of reading.
“Dear one, I am here for you.”
Our beloved teacher instructs us to operate from this place, to be present for ourselves and others — because the first step to love is recognition. To see, hear, witness the other being, to know both you and they are present too.
I began repeating the matra to myself, specifically to my emotions that overwhelm me, “Dear disempowerment, I am here for you” and for anger, joy, confusion, etc. All the way up to fear, the most daunting emotion of all in my life right now.
After sitting quietly repeating this to myself, I felt so safe. I was in awe at how this ONE statement, vibrating right in the center of me, could transform my anxiety into peace.
Then, it hit me that I’ve felt this feeling before. When I am in prayer.
All the postures that life brings can be found in my prayer positions. The Muslim prayer consists of standing, raising your hands, bending over to your knees, prostrating, head to the ground, seated on your legs, bowing your head to the right and left shoulders, salutations of peace and blessings.
“Dear one, I am here for you.” – God
“Dear one, I am here for you.” – Dina
This is the divine conversation my heart dances softly to at all times, and I never noticed it until today. The recognition that everything in this moment – exists.
Prayer can have 1,000 meanings, one being that throughout all the events we go through in life, symbolized through the postures, God is here.
Whether I raise my hands in amazement. Or I am bent over in pain. Whether I am standing tall with confidence. Or on my knees playing with children. Or kissing the earth with love. Or curled into a bundle, not knowing what to do. Or bracing myself to stand back up. Or saying hello and honoring everything around me. Or cupping my hands to catch the rain…
In every occasion, I say, “Dear one, I am here for you.”
I listen to God singing, “Dear one, I am here for you.”