Tag: Ram Dass

Understanding Wellness

“Cosmic humor, especially about your own predicament, is an important part of your journey.” -Ram Dass

“Take it easy.” We’ve all heard that directive in many forms. Sometimes, it’s out of loving concern, a friend or family member notices that we’re pushing ourselves beyond our capacity and they want us to be OK.

Sometimes, the phrase is a snap reaction out of frustration. We, or someone we know, are agitated and we utilize that directive to calm them down and persuade them to come back to center; to take control of the situation.

Now look at it from Dass’s perspective from his beginning quote, finding the ‘cosmic humor’ in our predicament. His words are simple yet mean so much, another form of  ‘take it easy’… especially on yourself.

Let’s start with the ‘why’ of practicing this: Life isn’t always as serious as it seems. We bind ourselves to the negative, we enslave ourselves to it, instead of focusing on the positive that almost-assuredly exists.  In doing this, we only see the bad, which over time, can warp our perception or keep us living in negativity.

If we never learn to ‘let go’ and relinquish our restrictions on what it means to have control just a bit, we’re sure to suffer. If we let the universe unfold as it will, we can find peace in its plan.

Life will happen each and every day. Some moments tragic, other times full of joy, whether we approve it or not, it’s happening, and will continue to do so.

The next time you find yourself at odds with life; frustrated, lonely or the like: try a smile, a chuckle or even just a sigh of cleansing breath. Find the joy in the humor that is this incredible and wondrous journey we call life.

Let Yourself Experience the Light of Love


Did you know that the capacity for unconditional love lives within each one of us? Imagine experiencing deep, continuous love all of the time. Love without fear, without consequence. It’s possible!

According to Ram Dass, spiritual teacher and author of the beloved 1971 Be Here Now, he exclaims in his newest book of the trilogy, Be Love Now, You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success— none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.”

He notes an inspiring tale of learning to love through his Himalayan guru, Maharaj-ji when he was a young man:

This love is like sunshine, a natural force, a completion of what is, a bliss that permeates every particle of existence. In Sanskrit it’s called sat-cit-ananda, “truth-consciousness-bliss,” the bliss of consciousness of existence. That vibrational field of anandalove permeates everything; everything in that vibration is in love.

It’s a different state of being beyond the mind. We were transported by Maharaj-ji’s love from one vibrational level to another, from the ego to the soul level.

When Maharaj-ji brought me to my soul through that love, my mind just stopped working. Perhaps that’s why unconditional love is so hard to describe, and why the best descriptions come from mystic poets. Most of our descriptions are from the point of view of conditional love, from an interpersonal standpoint that just dissolves in that unconditioned place.”

Now, look into your own life. How can you begin to practice this deep sense of unconditional love? Let yourself be open to the vibrations of the universe; live above your ego and love completely from your soul. It may transform your life in ways you never imagined.

Dass exclaims: “This path of love doesn’t go anywhere. It just brings you more here, into the present moment, into the reality of who you already are. This path takes you out of your mind and into your heart.”

What starts to transform in your life after you open your heart unconditionally will astound you. Ram Dass calls this The Path of the Heart. It’s the point where your love begins to transcendsyour ego. It’s the space were we meet our true essence – our heart-mind. In this state of loving bliss, our ego starts to completely dissolve and we’ll experience love one a whole new level.

What’s more, is everyone wants love; it connects us to each other at our very core. When you think of love – who and what comes to mind? How do you personally experience love? Could you do more to open your “awareness to love”? Reflecting upon these questions will begin to wake up your heart-mind and allow you to start loving greater each and every day.

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

Ram Dass

Some Inspirational motivation to get your Monday moving.