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It is easy to look at what’s going on in the world right now and question: How did this happen? Why is this happening? And what can we do about it? The answers to these questions are remembered through our presence. Presence takes courage. It takes our undivided, embodied attention to focus on what’s actually happening in the now, and what we can do to change things—in spite of the mind’s tendency to check out.

When the mind checks out, we become powerless to effectively engage with this moment. We deny the gift of presence and thus miss an opportunity to receive the available help here and now.

Cultivating awareness of all the ways the mind checks out is the first step to staying present, so I invite you to reflect on the following:

  • What tools does your mind use to check out? (example: Facebook, Instagram, fantasizing about future, eating when not hungry, etc.)
  • How is this serving you? What feeling do you get when you check out?
  • Is there a way you can bring your presence to these activities? If no, what might you do instead?

Complete the sentence: When I’m present, I am…


As the Queen of Angels who also lived a human life, Mother Mary is the guiding celestial theme for the month of December. She encourages us to deepen our breath into our bodies and attune to our heart for answers, guidance and comfort.

Mother Mary invites us to look within and identify where we are divided within ourselves. One way to do this is to create space for presence, to be fully here in the moment, and to ask yourself: Are my thoughts, speech and actions in alignment?

If no, what needs to shift? Are you taking action without clear thought/intention as to why? Or are you clear in thought and speech, yet hesitant to take action?

When these three elements—thought, speech and action—serve together, you are embodying INTEGRITY. This is the essence of presence.

Many of us are feeling tender as we come to the end of 2016. But please remember that we are never given anything we cannot effectively handle—if we are able to stay checked IN to the thoughts, speech and actions that are truly needed. So, in a month traditionally filled with holiday celebrations, family and sharing, this December, give yourself the sweet gift of presence.

Stay in your body. Listen. See out through the eyes of your heart, commune with beloved friends, and do what feels good. Also, commit to doing one thing every day that takes you out of your comfort zone as this will help keep you alert to your current experience.

Remember: you are not on Earth now by accident. You are here for a reason. You have a unique vibration that no one else on the planet can embody. The gift of your full presence is needed—and this takes courage. Let yourself be emotionally vulnerable as you take action in ways you are guided. As always, ask for support on this mission, and know that it is always available in the here and now.


Although Mother Mary is traditionally associated with Christianity, her presence is non-denominational—meaning she works with whoever calls upon her regardless of their faith. Mother Mary emanates qualities of unconditional love, compassion, empathy, beauty, patience, faith and trust. She is the Queen of Angels, and her life on earth reflected her heavenly majesty in the face of much joy and sorrow. Mother Mary blesses all who call upon her with pure truth, reminding each and every one of us who we are, and why we are here.


“Divine Mother Mary, I call upon you now. Thank you for amplifying the voice of my heart and helping me stay present and connected to my body in all moments. Please assist me in aligning my thoughts, speech and action so I may emanate qualities of integrity during these times on the planet. Mother Mary, I feel _____ and I could really use your miraculous assistance with ______. Thank you for helping me embrace all elements of my humanity so I can be of effective service to those who are suffering now. Thank you, Mother Mary. Amen.”

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