“I love my pains,” says Ram Dass with a full belly laugh.
In the above clip, Ram Dass explains how he uses his conscious awareness to transform his physical pains — ongoing side effects from suffering a major stroke — into a gift of spiritual liberation.
“Pain comes up in my body and captures my consciousness, it captures my attention. That's trouble. That's attachment.” He goes on to share how he uses his loving awareness to detach and change his relationship with the pain and allow it to be an enlightening experience of soul.
Don’t miss these highlights of the 7-minute video:
- (0:20) — How when pain comes up in the body, it captures the consciousness and creates attachment
- (0:58) — A personal experience from Ram Dass on loving a persistent pain despite the negative thoughts and feelings he faced (2:27) — Getting into “the witness,” a loving awareness away from anger and fear — and how this creates a cosmic “wow” experience
- (4:22) — Using humor as a beautiful tool to distance oneself from pain
- (5:23) — Humans have the capacity to be on two planes at once, the “soul land” and the “ego land,” and we can use this to distance ourselves from pain and transform it
As Ram Dass demonstrates, pain is a normal part of the human experience that can be powerful spiritual teacher. Pain and suffering can be a springboard for growth and self-discovery that ultimately enriches your life.
When we shift our awareness and learn to witness and love our pain from the point of view of a soul in a human form, we can discover a real lightness of being, freedom, and even joy in those difficult moments.
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