Parabola Podcast Episode 45: Presence

The miracle is that the practice of presence not only enlivens ourselves, but allows us to share that new life with others and also to receive the presence of the Divine. It is the foundation for truth, and it is the genesis of hope. With practice, presence can, in the words of John G. Bennett, allow us “to serve the future, and to serve with love, with hope, with confidence that it is possible for mankind to be born again.”

– Jeff Zaleski, from the PRESENCE issue’s Focus

Story Editor Betsy Cornwell shares readings from the new Summer 2020 issue of Parabola, PRESENCE, including book excerpts from James George and Alan Watts on practicing awareness and awakening in these uncertain times.

Parabola Magazine · Parabola Podcast Episode 45 – Presence

By Betsy Cornwell

Betsy Cornwell is Parabola’s story editor and digital editor. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Mechanica and other novels and teaches at the National University of Ireland. Find more of her work at