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Thursday, November 17, 2011

ram dass wisdom

We're fascinated by the words--but where we meet is in the silence behind them." — Ram Dass

"The quieter you become, the more you can hear." — Ram Dass

"We're all just walking each other home." — Ram Dass

"As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can't see how it is." — Ram Dass

"It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed." — Ram Dass

"In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight."
— Ram Dass

"Let's trade in all our judging for appreciating. Let's lay down our righteousness and just be together." — Ram Dass

"The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back." — Ram Dass

"Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness."
— Ram Dass

"The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can't have it. The minute you don't want power, you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible." — Ram Dass

"Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise."
— Ram Dass

"I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion--and where it isn't, that's where my work lies." — Ram Dass

"I'm not interested in being a "lover." I'm interested in only being love." — Ram Dass

"If you think you're free, there's no escape possible." — Ram Dass

"Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it." — Ram Dass

"Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God." — Ram Dass

"Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying." — Ram Dass

"Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery." — Ram Dass

"The next message you need is always right where you are."
— Ram Dass

"It's very different because the Indians live as if they are their souls and Americans live as if they are their egos." — Ram Dass

"In our relationships, how much can we allow them to become new, and how much do we cling to what they used to be yesterday?" — Ram Dass

"It's all real and it's all illusory:
that's Awareness!" — Ram Dass

"Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us."
— Ram Dass

"Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation.
Use it!" — Ram Dass

"A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there's work to be done." — Ram Dass

"Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them." — Ram Dass

"The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it's in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I'm caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me." — Ram Dass

"We're here to awaken from the illusion of separateness"
— Ram Dass (How Can I Help? Stories and Reflection on Service)

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

world peace day

My aunt received this email from the daughter of her friend who lives in Kwajalein (she must be about 11 or 12 now).

Hi Everyone,

This is Julia Sholar. For my school project I am letting people know about Peace One Day. Peace One Day is a day of peace in the whole world and is on September 21. Please wear white on Sept. 21 to help us celebrate. If you could e-mail some of your friends and ask them to wear white on Sept. 21, that would be great.

The day they announced that Peace One Day would be a special day was the day when the World Trade Center was crashed into and fell down. I hope you can help.

My class is making a 1000 paper cranes to help my classmate's (Alakai's) mom recover from surgery.

Please wear white on Sept. 21.

Love and Peace,


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

.the isle of enchantment.

rincon, puerto rico. house on the beach with friends. laid back people everywhere. live music/bar 2 houses down. running from bats/cave adventures. stunning views. stray dogs that brought tears to my eyes-named one rincon, thought about bringing him home. guava&cheese empanadas. day trip to san juan. homemade sangria. snorkeling around schools of fish and beautiful coral. double rainbows. long walk to a hidden beach oasis-felt and looked like i was in fiji. dancing to reggaeton. full moon booze cruise with beer snorkel contests and jumps off the catamaran. watching the rainstorms roll in. pig roast. family style dinners. stories from new found friends who came to the island and never left. waking up to the sounds of waves and smell of salt water. leaving with a bulk of new inside jokes, a bronze tint to my skin, a smile on my face and a yearning to return soon in my heart. puerto rico-you definatly live up to your name.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

...i'm back

so sorry i have neglected this much has been going on in the last year. an update will be on its way very soon!!!