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Being Here Now

Years of practice and I can still only do what I’m doing while I’m doing it.

Writing this post thinking about walking bootless dogs, getting the towels out of the dryer and mourning the loss of bagels … must be the gluten … seriously they could have come up with a better word.

Could have listened to Ram Dass, in eighth grade, when he wrote … “Now is now. Are you going to be here or not?”

Being in a moment is an interesting place and from what I can tell, while I’m in and out of consciousness, it’s very relaxing, it doesn’t cost anything to get in, it’s really quiet and the doors never close.  

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Syracuse, NY Sidewalk A-ha Moment © Mara Lee
Insert Favorite Quotes by Ram Dass here - have a different moment I have to get to.  :)-

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ― Ram Dass

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

“We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”  ― Ram Dass

“Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.”  ― Ram Dass

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

“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.” ― Ram Dass

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

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

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

and a personal favorite … “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.” ― Ram Dass

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we’re here! – grand canyon

Moments Matter Thursday

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On The Rocks

Rocks have an amazing effect on me … they always have.  It’s an energy that’s hard to describe and I’ve learned that not everyone experiences it.  To bad if you’re one of those people … really!

Always wanting to sit on the rocks (vortexes) in Sedona, Arizona, I finally got my chance last June.  It didn’t rock my world the way I thought it would. Must have been the hoards of people sucking the life out of my experience 🙂

What surprised me the most about Sedona was the strange feeling that I got that told me that collecting rocks from this place (and taking them home) would be stealing. I’ve never felt that way before … I always take rocks home but not from here.

Now don’t get me wrong, I loved Sedona and stayed at the El Portal Sedona Hotel which was truly amazing! But I envisioned that it would be something totally different from what it was.  Happy to report that I found what I was looking for in Utah.

Some of my favorite memories from our stay there.

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Obviously, this post has turned into a travel review instead of a metaphysical journey …  so with that I will tell you that it’s worth the trip, at least once in this lifetime. The spring and fall are considered Sedona’s high season, when you can expect the area’s highest hotel rates and densest crowds. We were there in June and it was still busy, busy.

Whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Amen to that!