This morning as I turned the kettle on to boil water for tea, I thought back to an experience I had about two months ago. Tod Cage and I were sitting at the table late at night, having discussion on presence. The kettle was started for tea in the kitchen. Tod was telling me about the utter vastness of the self. In an almost magical way, where what he was saying seemed so true, yet so inconceivable at the same time. As I listened I felt my whole being listening, my eyes widened and my own sense of presence became more and more heightened. Colors looked brighter. Tod's words were striking silent cords deep inside my own self, and the silence between them was palpable with aliveness. His face looked at once ancient and vibrantly youthful. I began experiencing such deep relaxation and beauty! My mind was as still as possible, I was just being and observing. For some reason I turned my head to look at the tea kettle, and I cannot describe what happened in any kind of way with words. The steam rising to the ceiling had so much BEAUTY, I was profoundly touched and in complete awe. I silently motioned to Tod to look! I could have cried but was afraid to move, for fear that the feeling would leave me, which of course it did. Later when I brought this experience up with Tod, I asked why did I react to the steam in such a way? He said that when you are still enough and open enough, you begin to see God in everything. This experience was not like "Oh, that steam is so pretty, I love life and everything!!" It was completely indescribable. It is known as samadhi, or satori; a flash of awareness. Tod says that once you experience it, it stays with you and you will experience it more and more. I am very grateful.