"Lightning, that when it comes down to Earth, it doesn’t strike just anywhere.... Special photography reveals that there are tiny electrical currents that rise from rocks or trees or other things and it is these currents that draw the lightning down."
And what lets a person serve as this "current," this embodiment of presence here and now?
She reflects on her experience on a panel with the Dalai Lama:
"There was this resonance between us, this current that caught us up and we were riding the same great wave. Afterwards I realized how calm and spontaneous I felt as I spoke, knowing I could simply say whatever occurred to me without anxiously straining to produce highly spiritual, exalted insights to try to match his, and I knew that it was his peaceful, welcoming presence that had made this possible."
Among the sources of "his peaceful, welcoming presence" is contemplative practice. As the Dalai Lama has said, "Whatever forms of meditation you practice, the most important point is to apply mindfulness continuously, and make a sustained effort. It is unrealistic to expect results from meditation within a short period of time. What is required is continuous sustained effort."
In this sustained effort, I regularly return to our contemplation resources. May we all become tiny currents, entirely present, rising from within our specific situations to draw the Lightning down.