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The Thing You Can Count On

With Caverly Morgan recorded on January 23, 2022.

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In these times of strain — times that can feel quite chaotic and stressful — one might think that what we can count on is hardship. But what if we could count on something that could actually transform our experience of hardship? What if, through our practices, we stabilized in our experience of counting on presence? What if we stabilized in our capacity to be aware of being aware? What if we stabilized in what’s untarnishable, unbreakable, and ever-present? 

The thing we can most fully count on is not a thing.

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