Have you been aspiring to become more mindful and awake? Or maybe you want to take a step back and re-commit yourself to your daily practice? When you sign up to embark on this virtual journey with Ram Dass, you gift yourself the opportunity to find new spiritual practices that fit into your life, ultimately enabling you to cultivate more balance, spaciousness and peace throughout your day.
This course is geared towards both beginners and experienced practitioners who would like to jumpstart their meditation journeys.
Ram Dass made his mark on the world by teaching the path of the heart (Bhakti Yoga) and promoting service in the areas of social consciousness and care for the dying.
When Ram Dass first went to India in 1967, he was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharajji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means "servant of God."
On his return from India Ram Dass became a pivotal influence in our culture with the publication of “Be Here Now”. In fact those words have become a catch phrase in people’s lives for the last 40 years.
Until Ram Dass passed away on December 22, 2019, he made his home on Maui and taught worldwide through RamDass.org. In the spirit of his wishes, Love Serve Remember Foundation continues his legacy with free online offerings, retreats, scholarship programs, books, films, podcasts and service programs.
This week Ram Dass gives us the foundation of mindfulness and meditation practices, focusing on the ability of the mind to come to one-point and be completely present, which is the foundation for navigating the spiritual path.
Weekly Article: Focusing the Flashlight of Awareness
Weekly Dharma talk: Types of Mindfulness Practice
Weekly Meditation: Befriending Our Direct Experience
Weekly Mantra: 'Sri Ram Jai Ram'
This week’s course opens with Ram Dass discussing two very basic concepts – the reasons for practice and the various methods we have available to us.
Weekly Article: Which Method is Right for Me?
Weekly Dharma talk: Why Do We Practice?
Weekly Meditation: Finding Your Center
Weekly Mantra: 'The Power of God'
Cultivating the witness allows us the possibility of finding freedom from our attachments. The witness place inside you is simple awareness, the part of you that is aware of everything — just noticing, watching, not judging, just being present, being here now.
Weekly Article: Discovering the Witness
Weekly Dharma talk: Witnessing the Eternal Present
Weekly Meditation: Becoming a Container of Light
Weekly Mantra: 'Gate Gate Paragate'
Ram Dass gives a direct teaching on what it means to reside in the 'heart cave' – we might have a deep experience in meditation where all the thoughts go by and there is no chasing them – just pure being, out of time and space.
Weekly Article: Dwelling in the Heart Cave
Weekly Dharma talk: Ram Dass on Understanding Awareness
Weekly Meditation: Vipassana Practice
Weekly Mantra: 'Om Namah Shivaya'
Pranayama is the control of prana through the breath. These techniques rely on breathing through the nostrils. Practiced correctly, pranayama brings harmony between the body, mind and spirit, making one physically, mentally and spiritually strong.
"I loved this course, loved that it was free which it made it accessible and wonderful to have access to such amazing teachers.
I enjoyed the mix of talks and guided meditation plus the questions and invitation to make notes of experience.
I feel this course has deepened my practice and offered tools for life. And of course, I'm happy that the materials are still accessible after the end of the course, so that I can return to them."
"I just want to say thank you. I have been blessed by discovering the dharma and yoga over 25 years ago but I’d lost connection to a certain extent.
This course was a delight. Lots of great teachings. The focus was right, just the right amount of info, accessible and not too overwhelming. There was some tricky subjects covered which made it real and relevant.
I so appreciate the wisdom passed on by these wonderful teachers. Send them and all those who made effort to put this course together my deepest love and respect."
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