Growing up I was told that ‘the meek shall inherit the earth’ was an oft repeated belief of my maternal grandfather, taken from Matthew 5:5 (‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth’).
To my 1980s self, one of ‘Thatcher’s children’, starting out on my career this didn’t resonate with me or with the times. Now these words speak in an entirely different way. Of presence in service of building a better world.
For so long popular belief has been that presence equals charisma…charismatic leaders, super-confident people in our sphere who sparkle in company, maybe light up the room with their social skills and magnetism.
Really though presence is something rather different. It has a quiet confidence that is deeply rooted within, nurtured by the inner stillness, calm and connection with higher self, born of dedicated, disciplined reflective practice.
It shows up in the deep and undivided attention brought to the present moment, the situation in front of us. People with authentic presence have a seeming ability to make time stand still or perhaps make the moment seem timeless, holding still with no sense of rush, of wanting to be onto the next thing. They generate a magnetic field of a different quality – imbued with love and humility.
True presence makes a difference in the gift of listening we bring to others, a heartful listening of great depth that connects soul to soul. It makes a difference in our connection to and action in the world. In presence we are attuned to the rhythms of the planet, in unity with it and all living things and taking right action for now and for the future.
In cultivating our presence consciously we are connecting with the meaning in ‘the meek shall inherit the earth’. Dedicating ourselves in service to the world, without need for personal recognition or gain and exercising our power for the good of all.