A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self
by Kabir Edmund Helminski
"I am pleased to give Living Presence a high recommendation: It is sober, thoughtful, and well worth deep reflection. Helminski is concerned with our interactions with each other, with cultivating love and a desire to serve the highest through serving each other ... a valuable emphasis in a culture like ours that tends to think of spiritual development as special and solitary experiences."
Sufiism 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 works 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. Living Presence offers a wisdom that is both universal and practical. It shows how we can bring spirituality and psychology into a balanced system that honors and awakens the soul.
—Noetic Sciences Review by Charles Tart, Ph.D.
"This is an excellent book that explains spiritual principles and how to carry them into every day life ... Highly Recommended."
Read a review of Living Presence by Rev. Ruth Barnhart here.
Kabir Edmund Helminski is a translator and interpreter of Sufi literature, a Shaikh associated with several Sufi lines, including the Mevlevi Order founded by Rumi, as well as a transpersonal psychologist. He lives with his family in Vermont.