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Ram Dass: Opening to Pain and Suffering


“How do you keep your heart open in hell?” Ram Dass, professor, psychologist, researcher in human consciousness, and the author of the classic Be Here Now, looks at how we become “professionally warm”—kind in a way that does not hurt our hearts. Can we look honestly and clearly at the enormity of suffering in our world, experiencing the pain of our natural empathy rather than trying to armor our hearts with the mind? Instead of associating spiritual unfolding with opening to joy and bliss, what if spiritual growth requires that we open more and more to pain and suffering?

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