I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for over ten years. Three years ago I came to know Phyllis Cole-Dai as she edited and posted mindfulness poems daily on her website, “A Year of Being Here.” Her words and those of the poets she chose inspired, nourished and uplifted me in ways I cannot explain. I benefited immeasurably by reading Phyllis’s carefully curated works and the context she provided for her readers. ]This anthology grew out of that online project.] May all readers of Poetry of Presence experience the joy of reading and allowing these poems to take root and bear fruit in their lives. Thank you, dear Phyllis and Ruby.