“where my peaceful big self resides in wonder”

"A touch of sun" by Tamara Magnitsky
“A touch of sun” by Tamara Magnitsky

Welcome to Presence Week!!

Presence – Living in the moment with full awareness; being in the Now.

In a moment of presence Tamara was able to catch the sun. It isn’t new that the sun was there but it was being present that enabled this particular glimpse.

January considers her now:


I stand in the
in- between,

The past at my back
reminding me
of my long journey
through dim mistakes
and patterned mishaps
plus golden edged moments
of rapturous knowing

The future at my front
snakes out
into a fogged mist
that hides possible
twists and turns
that seemingly
contain day- dreams of
ease and rest, and fear induced
shadows of unknown pain

Love tries to keep me perched
in the now
of this person,
this place,
this experience,
this choice.

greatness in gratitude
flows from my feet
to the crown of my
of my royal little self,
senses waking as I

tip back and forth
trying once again
to find center’s flow
in the circle
of no time
where my peaceful
big self
resides in wonder

by January Handl

 “Where my peaceful big self resides in wonder”!!! Thank you January. I hadn’t really caught this nuance before! Presence and wonder are inextricably linked. To be in wonder is to be present. Being present enables wonder.

Join me in a little experiment won’t you? Get comfortable. Really feel the chair/bed/ground beneath you. Take a deep breath, and one more. Take a look around you now. Does anything catch your eye? Is anything suddenly more vibrant and interesting? Have you noticed something you missed before?

This week our Bliss Initiative is to invite wonder by being present and to be present by discovering wonder.

How about getting started now?! Again, take a deep breath. What wonders are present?


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.

Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband  🙂


January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently the Director/head teacher at Gazebo Park School, and lives at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She lives simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

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