Practicing Presence is a process of learning to drop in. It is a process of learning to feel, to breathe with, and to stay in compassionate awareness of the ever-changing concerns and distortions of the turbulent mind. Here, in this dropping-in, we find a stillness, a warmth and a sanctuary of being. This is the place from which we can effectively move into a more graceful way of listening to, speaking with, and being with others—as well as with ourselves. The practice of presence guides the experience of peaceful communication and the kindness of being. We learn to share and engage in a way that facilitates our need to be heard; and we learn to listen for the frequently unspoken needs beneath the judgments and demands of others so that their needs are also met. The sense of inner freedom and joy available, when we learn to practice in this way, is profound and life-changing.