Living Presence: The Sufi Path to Mindfulness and the Essential Self
By Kabir Helminski
Revised 25th anniversary edition
The audio book is available through Amazon Audible, narrated by Iman Mortagy.
Sufism is a centuries-old spiritual psychology leading to presence in life. Presence is our capacity to be whole in the moment, in alignment with our deepest wisdom. With unusual clarity, this book describes how presence is different from ordinary habits of mind, and how it can be developed. Drawing on the words of the great Sufi, Rumi, as well as traditional material and personal experience, this book integrates the wisdom of Sufism with the needs of contemporary life.
“A heartfelt modern illumination of the Sufi path, filled with the fragrance of the ancients.” — Jack Kornfield, author, psychologist, Buddhist teacher
“This is an excellent book that explains spiritual principles and how to carry them into everyday life… in language that is simple, straightforward, and down to earth, yet profound. While the author’s viewpoint is Sufi and Islamic, the principles presented are universal, and few cultural overlays intrude on the text, making it accessible to Westerners. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal
“Sober, thoughtful, and well worth deep reflection… concerned with our interactions with one another, with cultivating love and a desire to serve the Highest through serving each other. This is a valuable emphasis in a culture like ours that tends to think of spiritual development as special and solitary experiences. I think the salvation of our cultures and our planet will be based on the quality of attention, love, and presence we learn to give one another.” — Charles Tart, Noetic Sciences Review
“His book is intended to help us fall in love with Spirit.” — Yoga Journal
“I recommend this book without reservations to all seekers of truth, regardless of their discipline. This book would be of value to psychologists, Buddhists, Sufis — in fact all who wish to challenge their life views in the light of this well-thought-out presentation of the challenges of being human.” — Vasheesht Davenport, The Sound