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Still Here

Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Riverhead
 | 
June, 2001
ISBN:
9781573228718
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$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Still Here is the book on conscious aging Ram Dass was working on before he suffered a major stroke in 1997. More than 30 years ago, an entire generation sought new ways of life and meaning in a way that no one had thought to look for these things before. Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) was there, leading the charge, getting fired from his psychology post at Harvard for his expansive use of entheogens such as psilocybin and LSD. He became a spiritual seeker and finder, traveling to India, meeting his teacher Neemkaroli Baba, and sharing in his book Be Here Now much of the journey of awakening consciousness, of “getting here.” That book kindled a new generation of seekers and finders, of reading—and publishing—the spiritual classics from all traditions. It was seminal in the birth of Banyen Books as well.

Ram Dass went on to “serve God” in the fields of dying, prisons, business, and healing; to write, to practice, to learn, and to teach. With Still Here, Ram Dass invites us to join him on the next stage of the journey. As boomers enter the later stages of life, as parents pass on and the skidmarks of aging and “organ recitals” of mortality show up, the big questions reappear in a new light. Ram Dass explores with us the joys, pains, and opportunities of these ripening seasons of our lives.

Now that my stroke has made me more aware of my body, I finally feel qualified to say a few things about how we may age physically with grace, and use the changes in our bodies as a path of healing into God.

He writes on facing our fears about aging (senility, loneliness, embarrassment, powerlessness, loss of role/meaning, depression); about body image; how to use low energy; healing versus curing; working with pain; the mirror of suffering; and he provides reflections on “living in the present” (unfinished business, learning to grieve, releasing the past, forgetting the future, mindfulness practices). He also offers crisp insights into shifting roles (being versus doing, the wisdom of dependency, holding onto power, retirement anxiety, the gift of service), and includes chapters on who are we really beyond body and mind, and the skills and perspectives that help us learn to die.

One of the best parts of aging is entering the “don’t know,” learning to be someone who can rest comfortably in the midst of change. There are as many ways of embodying wisdom as there are people on this earth.

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Pain can’t hurt us, but the fear of pain can... You will find that each time you’re able to welcome your own pain, you’ll also be welcoming the Soul, and the Soul is what can defeat the fear and suffering of pain.

“Ram Dass is wiser here, more sober, more humble, and funnier than ever. There is so much to laugh about and cry about, to learn from, and to celebrate together.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

Among Ram Dass’s other books are Journey of Awakening and How Can I Help?

Publisher’s Description: 

The man who blazed a spiritual trail for his generation brings his wisdom and humor to the path that takes us to the end of life-and beyond. Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now, shows others how to find peace within themselves. As many enter the autumn of their years, the big questions of peace and of purpose have returned demanding answers. Once again, Ram Dass blazes a new trail, inviting all to join him on the next stage of the journey. Now in paperback.

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