Thought for the day, Thursday 1st July

“If you have spent your whole life becoming somebody and having something, the beginning of awakening requires you to turn around and start the journey in the other direction, towards becoming nothing, becoming nobody, and having nothing. ⁣⁣It would seem to make the entire first part of your life meaningless or like some sort of error.⁣⁣ But it’s important to see that this sequence is a necessary sequence, that when you incarnate in an evolutionary moment when you are going to awaken, you still have to become somebody and become grounded on earth before you can do the spiritual work. ⁣⁣Part of the experience of living richly has been identification with the desires and emotions, with the passions of life, with the hatreds and the joys, with what I call the “mellow drama” of life. ⁣⁣Each of us has an intense drama going on around us. Will we, won’t we, can we, can’t we, should we, shouldn’t we? And with awakening one begins to see the way one has been trapped in one’s storyline. But it doesn’t mean the story ends. ⁣⁣The Ram Dass story is alive and well. The only question is, who’s living it?⁣”

Baba Ram Dass (1931 – 2019)

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