Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Celebrating GratiTuesday in loving memory of Ram Dass (1931 – 2019.) Baba Ram Dass was an American spiritual teacher, academic and clinical psychologist, and author of many books, including the 1971 book Be Here Now.
Be here now. A potent re-minder to remain in the present moment, even amidst the flux and flurry swirling around us. Like a snowstorm, the holiday season can blow in and through our lives, leaving us exhausted… or exhilarated! It all depends upon perspective. Draw narrow our field of vision into the experience unfolding, moment by moment, right in front of us. Be here now.
Yet, this can be challenging. Doubly so during the holiday season, a time of year many make pilgrimage to family homesteads to celebrate togather (not a typo.) Need I say more? Perhaps instead I will share Ram Dass’ method for appreciating the people around him, as they are, right here, right now.
… when you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying, ‘You’re too this, or I’m too this.’ That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”
I love this notion of imagining people are trees. I love trees. Trees are so easy to be with. I love people, too. Although not all are easy… Until I look at them and see their treeness. I may not be easy for some. If it helps, appreciate me as you would a tree.
As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful for all the trees I’ve ever known. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: ____________________ laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #ramdass