Spiritual Reflections: Quotes from Ram Dass


Ram Dass an American spiritual teacher, academic and clinical psychologist and author, Ram’s best known book, Be Here Now (1971), has been described as “seminal,” and helped popularize Eastern spirituality and yoga with the baby boomer generation in the West.

Ram Dass covers spiritual topics in all of his work and one of his best tricks is to use humor to break through the mind’s barriers.

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Enjoy these Inspirational Ram Dass Quotes

“I hang out with my guru in my heart. And I love every thing in the universe. That’s all I do all day.”

“The universe is an example of love. Like a tree. Like the ocean. Like my body. Like my wheelchair. I see the love.”

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

“I’m not interested in being a ‘lover.” I’m interested in only being love.”


“When you are already in Detroit, you don’t have to take a bus to get there.”


“Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.”


“Our plans never turn out as tasty as reality.”


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“Only that in you, which is me can hear what I’m saying.”


“Each of us finds his unique vehicle for sharing with others his bit of wisdom.”


“Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.”


“Let’s trade in all our judging for appreciating.


Let’s lay down our righteousness and just be together.”


“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”

“Be patient. You’ll know when it’s time for you to wake up and move ahead.”


“Compassion refers to the arising in the heart of the desire to relieve the suffering of all beings.”


“My guru said that when he suffers, it brings him closer to God. I have found this, too.”

“What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.”


“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”

“A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.”


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“It’s all real and it’s all illusory: that’s Awareness!”


“The game is not about becoming somebody, it’s about becoming nobody.”


“I am not this body. I am in this body, and this is part of my incarnation and I honor it but that isn’t who I am.”


“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

“Inspiration is God making contact with itself.”


“Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.”


“We’re all just walking each other home.”


“Be here, now!”





Drumming the Four Elements: A Meditative Drumming Practice for Connecting to Nature


Which of the four elements in nature would you like to call into your life.

You could engage the grounded influence of earth or the changing power of wind…

You could nourish yourself in the cleansing elements of water or ignite the passion and transformation of fire

Through the meditative practice of drumming, you can connect with and embody the power of nature’s elements by anchoring your rhythm in a distinct sound.

In this 3-minute video, Christine Stevens demonstrates the distinct sounds of the four elements on the frame drum — and how you can evoke the power of these elements through the sacred practice of drumming.

As you shift your paradigm from playing the drum as “music” to making music with a drum as a spiritual practice, you’ll begin to forge a deepening connection with nature and invite creativity, sacredness, and meaning into your life.

Don’t miss these highlights:

  • (0:01) — How the four elements have a sacred connection to the drum sounds
  • (0:52) — Learn to drum out the distinct sounds of nature: air (cha), earth (doum), water (kah), and fire (tak)
  • (1:18) — How the consciousness part of drumming is to think “What element do I need?”
  • (1:31) — How you can anchor your pattern of drumming in the elements you want to draw into your life
  • (1:50) — The quality of speaking through the drum with an intimate demonstration by Christine Stevens

Watch and enjoy Christine Stevens’ joyful demonstration of the ancient and meditative practice of drumming!


Life Lessons: Quotes by Carl Jung


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Life Lessons: 10 Quotes by Carl Jung that can teach us important lessons about life

Carl Jung was a Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytic psychology.

Jung developed many concepts including extroverted and introverted personality types, the collective unconscious and is still influential in psychiatry today.

Here are some powerful Carl Jung quotes about life.

1. “There is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”

Jung believed that everyone needed to live their own true life as themselves and if they did not then their psyches would suffer.

In his book ‘The Undiscovered Self’, Jung argued that a lot of man’s problems were caused by “man’s progressive alienation from his instinctual foundation”.

2. “Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort.”

In today’s world, we can see the importance people place on material things.

Jung believed that the ultimate aim of a person was to realise their true self, and only then would they be able to live a happy and fulfilled life.

3. “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness.”

As Jung said, the days are as long as the nights and perhaps it is not possible to be happy unless we have experienced sadness also.

4. “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

Jung believed that living your authentic life was the only route to a fulfilling and contented existence.

He spoke a lot about man finding his true self and the various parts of a person’s personality that have to be acknowledged and resolved for this to happen.

5. “It all depends on how you look at things, and not how they are in themselves.”

Perception is a wonderful thing, we all come at situations from our own perspective which can color how we interpret it. Jung explained, that our behaviour is shaped by our previous experiences and our future aspirations.

We can perceive the same situation in a myriad of different ways. The important thing is to recognise this when we make our assumptions.

6. “Loneliness does not come from having no people around.”

Many of us know what it is like to feel lonely, even when we are in a crowd of people or surrounded by friends.

Jung believed that we all need someone that we can tell our most private thoughts and feelings to.

7. “Your heart knows the answer.”

Jung spoke at length about our subconscious and conscious selves, and that we should learn to listen to that inner voice that tells us whether we are on the right path in life or not.

8. “You cannot change anything unless you accept it.”

You often hear people say that you can’t help someone unless they want to help themselves.

This is particularly true of addicts and Jung believed that it was not possible to change your situation unless you recognised it and accepted it.

9. “We are not what happened to us, we are what we choose to become.”

It was always a theory of Jung’s that environment played little in shaping our personality.

Instead, once we acknowledge our foibles and faults, it is possible to become whatever we want to be. Nature and nurture need not hold us back.

10. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

Jung proposed that the only way to truly know oneself was to look inside and examine our closest feelings and desires.

We cannot improve or reach our state of selfhood by looking externally, the answer will always lie within ourselves.

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If you want better health, and a better chance at the type of meaning you were born to embrace then I suggest you attend this free online event. 

It’s called the HEAL Summit, and it’s coming direct from the Hay House team.

This Summit is an event that’ll help you finally put to rest all those health issues you struggle with needlessly.

For example: Ceaseless, causeless anxiety, chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, digestive issues, sleep problems and more.

It starts on July 25 and features talks from Dr. Joe Dispenza, Anthony William, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, M.D., Michael Bernard Beckwith, Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., Anita Moorjani and 11 others.

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You’ll learn how to heal your gut in weeks (even after antibiotics), train your nervous system to relax, even heal mental illness.

Plus, it’s free to attend and you can choose to watch by high-definition video or listen to the audio option when you’re on the go.

Each of the 18 lessons in this Summit is packed with healing wisdom that was gained over a lifetime by each of these experts.

You’ll learn so much about your body and your health, and each day features a different topic and experts.

Day 1: Healing Your Brain

Presenter Title Description
Dr. Joe Dispenza Programming Your Mind for Remarkable Recovery In 1986, Dr. Joe Dispenza suffered a debilitating biking accident that left doctors telling him he’d never walk again. Weeks later, he proved them wrong. In this astounding lesson, he shows you exactly how to use the power of your own mind to remarkably healyour body.
Kelly Brogan, M.D. Using Natural Remedies to Heal Mental Illness Kelly Brogan, M.D., went from just filling prescriptions to completely healing patients using whole foods and natural medicine. This fascinating lesson looks insideher journey from by-the-book doctor and psychiatrist to courageous health crusader.
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson D.C., B.F.A How to Use Sound to Boost Healing In this fascinating lesson, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, D.C., B.F.A., shows you how to break the patterns of persistent stress that lead to disease and retrain your brain for homeostasis using the power of sound.

Day 2: Healing Your Heart

Presenter Title Description
Gregg Braden Harmonizing Your Heart and Brain to Create Healing As Gregg Braden shares in this rousing lesson, our hearts control a powerful energeticfield that regulates the health of our entire physical body. Gregg explains with heart coherence, we can create physical healing, trigger healing resonance in others, and even change the weather.
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. What Your Disease Is Trying to Teach You In this heartfelt lesson, Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., teaches us to view disease as an initiatory rite of passagewith hidden gifts. In fact, she explains it’s our openness to learning from illnessthat foretells our fate… and, it is the power of love that we must lean upon as we traverse the path of illness and find within it the joy of healing.
Dr. Joe Dispenza Programming Your Mind for Remarkable Recovery In 1986, Dr. Joe Dispenza suffered a debilitating biking accident that left doctors telling him he’d never walk again. Weeks later, he proved them wrong. In this astounding lesson, he shows you exactly how to use the power of your own mind to remarkably heal your body.

Day 3: Healing Your Gut

Presenter Title Description
Anthony William The Mystery Viruses Wreaking Havoc on Your Body In this value-packed lesson, Medical Medium Anthony William shows you how to identify why you’re sick and shares a wealth of practical solutions to heal your gut, restore your brain function, fight off pathogens, and more.
Mark Emerson, D.C., C.C.S.P. Eat This If You Want to Be Well Grab a notebook, because you’re going to want to take notes during this jam-packed lesson with renowned chiropractor Mark Emerson, D.C., C.C.S.P. As he shows us, it doesn’t take much to heal. In fact, once you getyour lifestyle cleaned up with his simple tips—you’ll find iteasy.
Dr. Joe Dispenza Programming Your Mind for Remarkable Recovery In 1986, Dr. Joe Dispenza suffered a debilitating biking accident that left doctors telling him he’d never walk again. Weeks later, he proved them wrong. In this astounding lesson, he shows you exactly how to use the power of your own mind to remarkably heal your body.

Day 4: Healing Your Genes (yes, this is possible)

Presenter Title Description
Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. Why Your Genes Aren’t Making You Sick Do yourgenescontrol whether you get sick or stay well? According to pioneering scientist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., the answer is most likely no. In this eye-opening lesson, Bruce explains that less than 1% of diseaseis genetic. Instead, it’s the environment that makes your cells. He shares ways you can master the environment around your cells starting now.
David Hamilton, Ph.D. How Kindness Fuels Healing In this energetic lesson, scientist David Hamilton, Ph.D., shares how the placebo effectinspired him to leave behind a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry to understand how we as humans influence our own health and biology with our beliefs.
Dr. Joe Dispenza Programming Your Mind for Remarkable Recovery In 1986, Dr. Joe Dispenza suffered a debilitating biking accident that left doctors telling him he’d never walk again. Weeks later, he proved them wrong. In this astounding lesson, he shows you exactly how to use the power of your own mind to remarkably heal your body.

Day 5: Healing Your Past

Presenter Title Description
Bernie Siegel, M.D. Resolving Guilt, Shame, and Blame to Heal Your Body Join the hilarious Bernie Siegel, M.D., for a reminder why you should never take your healing journey too seriously, as he shares that it’s not until we heal our pasts that we can truly get beyond illness in its many forms. You’ll also hear a remarkable part of Bernie’s journey—when he suddenly died as a child, left his body, and then later came back to life.
Dr. Darren Weissman Using Your Body’s Wisdom to Uncover the Root of Disease Join Dr. Darren Weissman in an exploration of your body’s remarkable ability to not only heal itself but tell you why it’s sick in the first place. Plus, learn the secret cause that Darren found—after over 100,000 client sessions—to be the root of all disease.
Peter Crone Living Beyond Your Story ofSuffering Ayurvedic Practitioner Peter Crone teaches in this lesson that it matters more what you think about what happens than what actually happens. In fact, when you are detached from the outcome of an illness or issue, that is when you can find peace with it. And peace—as Peter teaches us—is a doorway to health and healing.
Dr. Joe Dispenza Programming Your Mind for Remarkable Recovery In 1986, Dr. Joe Dispenza suffered a debilitating biking accident that left doctors telling him he’d never walk again. Weeks later, he proved them wrong. In this astounding lesson, he shows you exactly how to use the power of your own mind to remarkably heal your body.

Day 6: Healing Your Spirit

Presenter Title Description
Marianne Williamson Using Miracles to Heal Yourself In this powerful lesson, Marianne Williamson tackles the questions at the heart of health and disease. Why do we get sick? How do we get well? How does our disease play a part in our spirituality and the health of our society at large?
Michael Bernard Beckwith Healing the Body with Affirmative Prayer In this life-changing lesson, Michael Bernard Beckwith gives you a spiritual prescription to heal any ailment you’re currently struggling with. With his compassionate style, he shares the true power of prayer, how to self-forgive, and why courage is the key to abundance, success, and happy relationships.
Rob Wergin Rapidly Heal Your Body with Energy Work In this brief yet meaningful lesson, Rob shares how energy can rapidly heal your body, and why it works. If you feel abandoned, hopeless, or like nothing can help you—this dose of wisdom will lift your spirit and remind you that, yes, anything is possible… no matter where you find yourself now.   
Dr. Joe Dispenza Programming Your Mind for Remarkable Recovery In 1986, Dr. Joe Dispenza suffered a debilitating biking accident that left doctors telling him he’d never walk again. Weeks later, he proved them wrong. In this astounding lesson, he shows you exactly how to use the power of your own mind to remarkably heal your body.

Day 7: Healing Spontaneously

Presenter Title Description
Deepak Chopra, M.D. Creating a Body That Heals Itself In this eye-opening lesson, Deepak Chopra, M.D., draws a scientific bridge between modern medicine and Eastern mysticism, delivering a rare understanding of your most basic nature, the origins of disease, and the keys you have right now to heal your body.
Kelly Turner, Ph.D. 9 Essential Factors of Spontaneous Remission In this thought-provoking lesson, Kelly Turner, Ph.D., describes starting her career in cancer treatment before learning about the surprising incidence of spontaneous remission. Armed with newfound wisdom, she began a quest to understand how and why people healed miraculously. To her surprise, there is a formula for this type of healing.
Anita Moorjani How Authenticity Heals You In this jaw-dropping lesson, Anitashares how visiting the Other Side gave her the ability to tap into the remarkable power of authenticity back here on Earth. In order to manage the natural fears that are part of human existence, Anita now teaches how we can use authenticity to make healthier food choices, remain at peace, and stay connected to our spiritual nature.
Dr. Joe Dispenza Programming Your Mind for Remarkable Recovery In 1986, Dr. Joe Dispenza suffered a debilitating biking accident that left doctors telling him he’d never walk again. Weeks later, he proved them wrong. In this astounding lesson, he shows you exactly how to use the power of your own mind to remarkably heal your body.

Go here to reserve your spot:  HEAL Summit

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If you like what you see and want to watch the summit on your own schedule  you can buy this whole Summit for $22 off until July 25. You’ll also get over $500 in free bonus gifts when you do.

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What people have said about the HEAL philosophy

I am convinced that applying HEAL philosophies drastically improved my healing and had my western doctors saying “it was like the cancer melted away”! I HIGHLY recommend HEAL to anyone who wants to take charge of their health or just improve their life!

– Stacy S., Los Angeles CA


HEAL challenges the idea of ‘incurable’. It introduces us to the fascinating world of Alternative Healing Modalities, presents various success stories and provides a basic understanding of how some of these modalities work. If mainstream treatments have failed you so far, this is for you!

– Zeeshan R., Ontario, Canada


HEAL shows us real people and real life strategies that teach healing as a journey, not a destination. In 2010 I was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. I resonate with so many of the people and am very thankful for HEAL.”

–  Helen B., Australia


What HEAL does so well is take what can be a complex topic and turn it into a practical understanding of how powerful we truly are. We need more work like this in the world that truly inspires us to take action and create change”.

-Guy L. – Byron Bay, Australia


“I am so blessed I bumped into his amazing work of art. Right now that I have started to meditate and value the connection between the soul and the body. So inspiring.”

Giada M. – Zurich, Switzerland

About Hay House

Hay House was founded in 1984 by Louise Hay as a way to self-publish her first two books, Heal Your Body and You Can Heal Your Life, both of which became international bestsellers (You Can Heal Your Life has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide) and established Louise as a leader in the transformational movement. Today, Hay House is committed to delivering products and services that empower and educate the individual, while helping to heal our planet.

In 1987, Hay House was incorporated and began full-scale operations. They now publish books, CDs, DVDs, calendars, and the well-known card decks that are part of their beautifully illustrated and conceived Lifestyles line. They also offer inspirational online courses and in-person events with our roster of visionary thought-leaders, many of whom host programs on their Internet radio station, HayHouseRadio.com. With www.HealYourLife.com, they have created an online home for those interested in personal growth and self-help.

The areas covered by Hay House reflect an eclectic assortment of interests: self improvement, mind-body-spirit, inspiration, health & healing, spirituality, diet, business, fiction, memoir, gifts and lifestyles, astrology, feng shui, children’s books, iphone apps, e-gift cards, and much, much more.

Hay House is one of the fastest-growing mind-body-spirit and transformational enterprises in the world, selling products and services in more than 35 countries. The company currently publishes approximately 300 books and 350 audio programs by more than 130 authors, and employs a full-time staff of 100-plus. Hay House is a medium-sized media company bringing in big-name authors and teachers (Louise Hay * Wayne Dyer * Doreen Virtue * Iyanla Vanzant * Jerry & Esther Hicks * Kris Carr * Jorge Cruise * Marianne Williamson * Caroline Myss * Nick Ortner * Gabrielle Bernstein * Cheryl Richardson * Christiane Northrup * Tavis Smiley) who are attracted to their innovative approach to engaging with readers and students in the 21st century.

Hay House has offices in Carlsbad, California, and New York City, with international divisions in Australia, the United Kingdom, India, and South Africa.


Seek Meaning In Your Life


Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.

Transcript: There’s more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith

I used to think the whole purpose of life was pursuing happiness. Everyone said the path to happiness was success, so I searched for that ideal job, that perfect boyfriend, that beautiful apartment.
But instead of ever feeling fulfilled, I felt anxious and adrift. And I wasn’t alone; my friends — they struggled with this, too.

Eventually, I decided to go to graduate school for positive psychology to learn what truly makes people happy. But what I discovered there changed my life.

The data showed that chasing happiness can make people unhappy. And what really struck me was this: the suicide rate has been rising around the world, and it recently reached a 30-year high in America. Even though life is getting objectively better by nearly every conceivable standard, more people feel hopeless, depressed and alone.

There’s an emptiness gnawing away at people, and you don’t have to be clinically depressed to feel it.

Sooner or later, I think we all wonder: Is this all there is?

And according to the research, what predicts this despair is not a lack of happiness. It’s a lack of something else, a lack of having meaning in life.

But that raised some questions for me. Is there more to life than being happy? And what’s the difference between being happy and having meaning in life?

Many psychologists define happiness as a state of comfort and ease, feeling good in the moment.

Meaning, though, is deeper.

The renowned psychologist Martin Seligman says meaning comes from belonging to and serving something beyond yourself and from developing the best within you.

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but I came to see that seeking meaning is the more fulfilling path.

And the studies show that people who have meaning in life, they’re more resilient, they do better in school and at work, and they even live longer.

So this all made me wonder: How can we each live more meaningfully?

To find out, I spent five years interviewing hundreds of people and reading through thousands of pages of psychology, neuroscience and philosophy.

Bringing it all together, I found that there are what I call four pillars of a meaningful life. And we can each create lives of meaning by building some or all of these pillars in our lives.


The first pillar is belonging.

Belonging comes from being in relationships where you’re valued for who you are intrinsically
and where you value others as well. But some groups and relationships deliver a cheap form of belonging; you’re valued for what you believe, for who you hate, not for who you are.

True belonging springs from love. It lives in moments among individuals, and it’s a choice — you can choose to cultivate belonging with others.

What's standing between you and success?
Here’s an example.

Each morning, my friend Jonathan buys a newspaper from the same street vendor in New York. They don’t just conduct a transaction, though. They take a moment to slow down, talk,
and treat each other like humans. But one time, Jonathan didn’t have the right change,
and the vendor said, “Don’t worry about it.” But Jonathan insisted on paying, so he went to the store and bought something he didn’t need to make change.

But when he gave the money to the vendor, the vendor drew back. He was hurt. He was trying to do something kind, but Jonathan had rejected him.

I think we all reject people in small ways like this without realizing it. I do. I’ll walk by someone I know and barely acknowledge them. I’ll check my phone when someone’s talking to me.

These acts devalue others. They make them feel invisible and unworthy.

But when you lead with love, you create a bond that lifts each of you up.

For many people, belonging is the most essential source of meaning, those bonds to family and friends.


For others, the key to meaning is the second pillar: purpose.

Now, finding your purpose is not the same thing as finding that job that makes you happy.

Purpose is less about what you want than about what you give.

A hospital custodian told me her purpose is healing sick people.

Many parents tell me, “My purpose is raising my children.”

The key to purpose is using your strengths to serve others.

Of course, for many of us, that happens through work. That’s how we contribute and feel needed. But that also means that issues like disengagement at work, unemployment, low labor force participation — these aren’t just economic problems, they’re existential ones, too.

Without something worthwhile to do, people flounder.

Of course, you don’t have to find purpose at work, but purpose gives you something to live for, some “why” that drives you forward.


The third pillar of meaning is also about stepping beyond yourself, but in a completely different way: transcendence.

Transcendent states are those rare moments when you’re lifted above the hustle and bustle of daily life, your sense of self fades away, and you feel connected to a higher reality.

For one person I talked to, transcendence came from seeing art. For another person, it was at church. For me, I’m a writer, and it happens through writing. Sometimes I get so in the zone that I lose all sense of time and place.

These transcendent experiences can change you. One study had students look up at 200-feet-tall eucalyptus trees for one minute. But afterwards they felt less self-centered, and they even behaved more generously when given the chance to help someone.

Belonging, purpose, transcendence. Now, the fourth pillar of meaning, I’ve found,
tends to surprise people.


The fourth pillar is storytelling, the story you tell yourself about yourself.

Creating a narrative from the events of your life brings clarity. It helps you understand how you became you.

But we don’t always realize that we’re the authors of our stories and can change the way we’re telling them. Your life isn’t just a list of events. You can edit, interpret and retell your story,
even as you’re constrained by the facts.

I met a young man named Emeka, who’d been paralyzed playing football. After his injury, Emeka told himself, “My life was great playing football, but now look at me.”

People who tell stories like this —”My life was good. Now it’s bad.” — tend to be more anxious and depressed.

And that was Emeka for a while. But with time, he started to weave a different story. His new story was,”Before my injury, my life was purposeless. I partied a lot and was a pretty selfish guy. But my injury made me realize I could be a better man.”

That edit to his story changed Emeka’s life. After telling the new story to himself, Emeka started mentoring kids, and he discovered what his purpose was: serving others.

The psychologist Dan McAdams calls this a “redemptive story,” where the bad is redeemed by the good.

People leading meaningful lives, he’s found, tend to tell stories about their lives defined by redemption, growth and love.

But what makes people change their stories?

Some people get help from a therapist, but you can do it on your own, too, just by reflecting on your life thoughtfully, how your defining experiences shaped you, what you lost, what you gained.

That’s what Emeka did.

You won’t change your story overnight; it could take years and be painful. After all, we’ve all suffered, and we all struggle.

But embracing those painful memories can lead to new insights and wisdom, to finding that good that sustains you.


Belonging, purpose, transcendence, storytelling: those are the four pillars of meaning.

When I was younger, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by all of the pillars.

My parents ran a Sufi meetinghouse from our home in Montreal. Sufism is a spiritual practice associated with the whirling dervishes and the poet Rumi. Twice a week, Sufis would come to our home to meditate, drink Persian tea, and share stories. Their practice also involved serving all of creation through small acts of love, which meant being kind even when people wronged you. But it gave them a purpose: to rein in the ego.

Eventually, I left home for college and without the daily grounding of Sufism in my life, I felt unmoored. And I started searching for those things that make life worth living.

That’s what set me on this journey.

Looking back, I now realize that the Sufi house had a real culture of meaning. The pillars were part of the architecture, and the presence of the pillars helped us all live more deeply.

Of course, the same principle applies in other strong communities as well — good ones and bad ones.

Gangs, cults: these are cultures of meaning that use the pillars and give people something to live and die for. But that’s exactly why we as a society must offer better alternatives. We need to build these pillars within our families and our institutions to help people become their best selves.

But living a meaningful life takes work. It’s an ongoing process. As each day goes by, we’re constantly creating our lives, adding to our story.

And sometimes we can get off track.

Whenever that happens to me, I remember a powerful experience I had with my father.

Several months after I graduated from college, my dad had a massive heart attack that should have killed him. He survived, and when I asked him what was going through his mind
as he faced death, he said all he could think about was needing to live so he could be there for my brother and me, and this gave him the will to fight for life.

When he went under anesthesia for emergency surgery, instead of counting backwards from 10, he repeated our names like a mantra. He wanted our names to be the last words he spoke on earth if he died.

My dad is a carpenter and a Sufi. It’s a humble life, but a good life.
Lying there facing death, he had a reason to live: love.

His sense of belonging within his family, his purpose as a dad, his transcendent meditation, repeating our names — these, he says, are the reasons why he survived. That’s the story he tells himself.

That’s the power of meaning.

Happiness comes and goes. But when life is really good and when things are really bad, having meaning gives you something to hold on to.

Thank you.
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Purpose and Meaning – Dr Wayne Dyer


A short edit taken from the film The Shift with Dr Wayne Dyer, produced by Hay House Films. It’s not about age, or about finding yourself, Purpose is found in Service.


Nobody needs to ask the question, “What is my Purpose?” It will always be found in service.

If you could just for one day, put your attention into making life better for someone else. If you can focus on thinking like that, that’s how God thinks.

It’s an ancient concept, but it is still relevant.

To touch someone’s life is more valuable than any amount of money.

My friend Byron Katie says: “To believe that you need what you don’t have is the definition of insanity.” That you can’t be fulfilled until you get all these things, that is an illusion, really you don’t need anything more.

It doesn’t matter what it is you do, you could be a cab driver, a teacher, a factory worker, a manager… What matters is that you put your attention on “How may I server?”

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Think of the people you go to, whoever you are on your path… you can run an entire business this way – not being attached to an outcome, putting attention on service, your life becomes about living those virtues.

How can I serve? How can I be gentle? How can I be reverent? Thinking like that means you are living in meaning.

The messages of the morning are about what you can and can’t do… about how society defines you. But in the afternoon, after “The Shift”, it’s about connecting to an energy that’s taking care of everything; and we’re all just being done.

For example: Try to stop yourself from breathing, from your fingernails growing. Therefore, living the virtues is all we need to do.

The truth is, I feel something else is in charge of all of this; so it is really about surrendering to it. Surrendering to something that is bigger than you, that you are connected to, and that’s really in control of everything.

There is a place deep within us that wants to feel fulfilled, that wants to know that my life has made a difference… that I have left this place, this planet, that I’ve lived on, better than when I arrived. That someone’s life has been profoundly touched because of my existence. We all want that.

It’s not about age, or about finding yourself. Where ever you are, at whatever age… you’re only a thought away from changing your life.

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Jim Carrey – Meaning in Life


Enjoy this compilation of Jim Carrey’s wisdom. Sure to be the most beneficial 4 minutes of your day!

Jim Carrey – Meaning in Life (Transcript)

I watched the affect of my fathers love and humor and how it altered the world around me, and I thought, that’s something to do. That’s something worth my time.

GenHH160x600 When I was about 28, after a decade as a comedian, I realized one night in LA that the purpose of my life has always been to free people from concern, just like my Dad. I did something that made people present their best selves to me wherever I go.

How will you serve the world? What do they need that your talent can provide? That’s all you have to figure out.

I can tell you from experience, the affect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.

Because ultimately, we are not the avatars we create. We are not the pictures on the film
stock. We are the light that shines thru. All else is just smoke and mirrors, distracting but not truly compelling.

That piece that we are after, lies somewhere beyond personality, beyond the perception ofGet20Special125x125 others, beyond invention of the skies, even beyond effort itself.

You can join the game, fight the wars, play with form all you want… but to find real peace you have to live beyond your ability.

Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines thru the form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.

I have often said that I Event16_300x250wish people could realize all their dreams, wealth and fame so they can see it is not where you are going to find your sense of completion.

Like many of you, I was concerned about going out into the world and doing something bigger than myself.  Until someone smarter than
myself made me realize that there is nothing bigger than myself.

Our eye are not viewers, they are also projectors, that are running a second story over the picture that we see in front of us all of the time. Fear is writing that script. The working title is “I’ll Never Be Enough.”

It’s just a matter of making a choice of perceiving challenges as something beneficial, so that I can deal with them in the most productive way.

You will come up with your own style, that’s part of the fun.

“Life doesn’t happen to you, life happens for you.”

“You only ever have two choices, Love or fear, choose Love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart. All what will be left of you is what was in your heart.”

“My soul is not contained within the limit of my body, my body is contained within the limitless of my soul.”

“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you do love.”

“Relax and dream up a good life.”

You can spend a whole life imagining ghost, worrying about the pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what is happening here and the decisions that we make in this moment which are based on either Love or fear.

So many of us choose our lives out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the Universe for it. I am saying, I am the proof that you can ask the Universe for it.