The first step in releasing suffering is the step of Presence. We bring awareness to the present moment. We see that it is fresh, it’s new, it’s alive with life! How wonderful! This moment- there is nothing like it! All these thoughts, these dreams, these ambitions, these goals, these distractions- none can compare to the aliveness in the present moment! We sense immediately that this is the way we are meant to live. How easy it is. And it’s one step right now. Anyone can do it. And it takes no time! It can be done now. How delightful! How light! What a relief- to know there is no process! 12 years of education are not required! Neither is a Ph.D.! There are no hoops to jump or rivers to cross. You don’t need to meditate for 3 decades or one thousand lifetimes. You can be present right now. Go ahead. See how it feels.