Presence is the Only Place

The Power of the Present Moment

When I found myself surrounded by presence and completely living in the moment, it’s as if the whole world is standing still. In this place, my mind is no longer able to think about the day ahead nor remember what happened even an hour ago.

The Journey to Mindful Living

I found myself living in this place of presence without intentionally planning to. One day, I realized that my awareness had shifted and that I was completely living in the moment. In this newfound awareness, I also realized that the present is the only place there is. I feel connected to the world around me, to nature, animals, and other human beings in this place. They feel connected to me because I am fully there. The connection becomes tangible as if you can touch it, and the realization that we are all one becomes a potent reality.  Here, vitality lives, and I am fully alive and one with the energy around me. In this energy, we only live in this moment right here, right now. 

The Art of Present Listening

In this energy, true listening will occur. Those around you will feel heard and validated by your presence. You hear every word said and more. I hear my heartbeat, and I can hear my own breath. Being present is contagious, and those around you will also be there with you by default. If there are no thoughts or discussions of the future or past, there is only one place left. 


“I know now, presence is the only place to be. “

Pernilla Burke 


Living in a Surrendered State

In this place of presence, you are naturally and completely living in a surrendered state. Everything that comes your way has already been let go. You cannot hold grudges or resentments because you are reborn in each moment. In each moment, life begins anew, free from negativity. Nothing has a hold on you, and nothing lingers. It’s only when we carry emotions with us from prior moments that resentment can fester. Now, we are free from all that. It’s like you’re made of a slippery substance where nothing sticks. 

Here in this place, there is complete freedom. Freedom from all the things that we are attached to and all the things we think we care about. We are no longer bothered by what people think or their opinions. The afflictions of the human condition are long gone. 


“Awakening: Coming Into Existence of Awareness”


Letting Go: The Path to Presence

The way we end up in this place is by letting go of resistance to what is. Letting go of the past and  the future. All that is…is. We begin by letting go of trying to fix, plan, resist, or adjust what life brings. All those actions ramp up mind activity and take you out of the present by either dragging you back into the past or pushing you into the future. Without planning, fixing, resisting, and adjusting, what are we really left with? When we no longer try, there is no more activity – only the present moment. 

Take a look at all the places where there is resistance and learn how to fully surrender to each of them. In this way, you live in the present by default because there is nothing left to resist. If there is no resistance, your mind becomes still because it has nothing to do and nothing to focus on. In this place with no resistance, the mind stops. It can no longer control, fix, plan, or do anything to run from the underlying anxiety and resistance that affects us all. 

The Transformative Power of Presence: From Simple Acts to Infinite Love

Notice the special and mostly small moments of magic that surround us all the time. Notice if you free your awareness, you can meet those moments without trying. Become aware of the energy of presence without trying, without effort. 

Simple acts that bring you into the present might be walking in the woods, listening to the wind, or sitting on the beach are great places to begin. Notice where your mind is. Where is your mind when you listen to music or are with an animal? Listen. Focus. Observe your breath. If you shift and stay with the moment, you will find tremendous comfort there. 

If the mind is still, there is no resistance. All you have is the present moment, and in that moment, there is only infinite love. When we are free from rules and limitations, we are free to hear the divine voice inside. 

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Abdi Assadi is unlike any other healer or spiritual teacher ever encountered. He is an expert in martial arts, and a dynamic healer practicing a diverse array of Chinese and Eastern Medicine, indigenous shamanic rituals, and meditation techniques. With a clinical practice in New York City for almost 4 decades, Abdi has accumulated a vast knowledge of real life experience working with several thousands of individuals, guiding them through the most difficult times, and teaching them how to understand themselves. One of the greatest things about him is he merges the human psyche with the spiritual psyche.

Steeped in deep wisdom and insight that is rare to find on this planet in these modern times, Abdi has an extraordinary ability in perceiving and comprehending human souls and their individual psyche. Guided by the divine, Abdi guides you to open up and see beyond your limited Self, into your own soul. His impeccable discernment enables him to unleash personal remarks that pierce through your veil, statements that you will never forget and in an instant alter your perception of yourself and your reality.

– Quotes from Shadows on the Path by Abdi Assadi:

All spiritual masters teach us that love is an activity before it is a condition – and that love is all-encompassing.
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It felt like I was coming off a race track and driving in a school zone. He knew, years before I did, that my speed was my way of suppressing my early childhood anxiety, and that only slowing down could heal it.

Why do you need to use all these words like God and spirituality? It is right here Abdi, all around you, all the time
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one does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
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Ultimately it keeps grace out of our lives because we are using our will power to manipulate every event and person around us.
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His lesson, which I had begun to learn for myself, is that outside circumstances do not define our internal experience if we can surrender into them. Painful or undesirable situations will always arise; true suffering comes from our ego’s desire to resist life as it is.
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Note from Pernilla:
I met Abdi in the fall of 2014 and when I arrived in his office the first thing he said was, “It’s time that you stop carrying other people’s anxiety.” In the year that followed, my entrenched codependency patterns reared their ugly heads and I was confronted with a part of myself that I had never even known was there.

A few years later, Abdi said, “When are you going to start writing your book?”I looked at him in surprise. I was not a writer. My expertise was centered around creating crazy good Excel spreadsheets. However, I started writing and collecting notes about life issues and life experiences … and here we are a few years later.

Sally Kempton is a preeminent meditation teacher of our time.

She is an expert scholar in Hinduism and all Hindu texts especially in Kashmir Shaivisim. Formerly Swami Durgananda, she left monastic life in the 1980’s to teach publicly. She has written several books and is one of the most known and loved spiritual teachers in our time.

Note from Pernilla:

I met Sally at one of her workshops at City Yoga in LA in 2003. She had the most gentle and loving disposition, and I just wanted to always be around her. I was fortunate to have been part of her two year-long “Transformative journey” courses in 2006 and 2007 and many retreats ever since. She is the true representation of unconditional love and transmits intense shakti from her Guru Swami Muktananda.

Sally is the primary building block and foundation in my spiritual journey. Without her, I would have never found and stuck with meditation – the most transformative experience of my life. Without her, I would have been lost without a clue where to go next. Her wealth of knowledge of yogic philosophy and incredible understanding of the human condition is what makes her a force to be reckoned with.  She understands your depth and makes you feel seen, heard, validated, and deeply loved.