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Still Here Embracing Aging Changing and Dying More than thirty years ago an entire generation sought a new way of life looking for fulfillment and meaning in a way no one had before Leaving his teaching job at Harvard Ram Dass embodied the rol

  • Title: Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying
  • Author: Ram Dass Richard Alpert
  • ISBN: 9781573228718
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying By Ram Dass Richard Alpert, More than thirty years ago, an entire generation sought a new way of life, looking for fulfillment and meaning in a way no one had before Leaving his teaching job at Harvard, Ram Dass embodied the role of spiritual seeker, showing others how to find peace within themselves in one of the greatest spiritual classics of the twentieth century, the two million copy bestsellerMore than thirty years ago, an entire generation sought a new way of life, looking for fulfillment and meaning in a way no one had before Leaving his teaching job at Harvard, Ram Dass embodied the role of spiritual seeker, showing others how to find peace within themselves in one of the greatest spiritual classics of the twentieth century, the two million copy bestseller Be Here Now As many of that generation enter the autumn of their years, the big questions of peace and of purpose have returned demanding answers And once again, Ram Dass blazes a new trail, inviting all to join him on the next stage of the journey.

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    1. Ram Dass is such an engaging writer and this book is a must for anyone dealing with debilitating illness and aging or for seniors who are beginning to feel or become curious about the onset of aging And of course any age person can gain from his profound wisdom As in Be Here Now , he directs our consciousness in Still Here to the present moment and guides us through a conscious approach to aging and dying and as you read it you notice that it just really makes you feel better about yourself, liv [...]

    2. Ram Dass has been in the consciousness raising business since the 1960s, and he uses his self awareness in the wake of a stroke to meditate on the topics as flagged in the subtitle of aging, changing and dying He turns ideas about disability, frailty, decay, pain, dependence, and other bad consequences associated with aging and turns them over and over and over in the rock tumbler of his mind, producing beautiful objects for our consideration His book testifies to the power that our attitudes ha [...]

    3. I laughed aloud and then lapsed into a contemplative silence when I recently encountered a church sign which read, Ten out of ten people die Are you ready After reading Ram Dass Still Here, I m ready.With gentleness and compassion, spiritual pioneer and stroke survivor Ram Dass guides readers in an exploration of two much maligned yet inevitable human undertakings, aging and dying The wisdom he shares is simple and profound Yes, we are our bodies, but we are also infinitely .As we age, Ram Dass [...]

    4. A beautiful book I had seen him in person give a talk in Hawaii 20 years ago now when he was talking about service At that time in his life he was taking care of his aging parents In Still Here he has a stroke and has to learn about the importance of letting others serve you when you need it I was there when I had a broken back It is very challenging to receive help graciously when you desperately need it This should be required reading for anyone in the business of serving others.

    5. Recovering from foot reconstruction has made me rather sedentary to say the least It has also made me very reflective on life and aging This book helped me put things in perspective Dass comments to himself when he is faced with another aging issue Ah, this too, or words to that effect He encourages a mindful acceptance of the changes that come with age Not that you don t take care of yourself and try to be as well as you can, but you stop resisting the changes which are inevitable After his str [...]

    6. Ram Dass is an American spiritual teacher well known for his bestselling 1971 book Be Here Now, as well as his personal and professional relationships with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the 1960s, his travels to India and relationship with his guru Neem Karoli Baba, and for founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation He wrote the book Still Here Embraced Aging, Changing, and Dying after experiencing a stroke in 1997.The book covers many topics mostly rel [...]

    7. In reading Still Here, I could not help but think that the universe presents us with opportunities to learn, grow, and change, at the precise moment we need it Sometimes it is via the discovery of a book like this one or the ego crushing realizations that we are not in absolute control For Ram Dass, his opportunity came when he was writing a book on aging, how to embrace it and the changes it brings, including death He was near completion but having a difficult time with the last chapter Then ca [...]

    8. Such a spiritual journey from Ram Dass to share with us His idea is very Indian religion I think it comforts many people who wishes to have afterlife i actually accept the possibility that there is no afterlife, I am ok to not have a continuation With getting old, having stroke, he actually experienced mental roller coaster He tried to guide us to transform ourselves to get ready for the fact that we need to die.I think this book will be perfect for me 5 years ago, but now I have different idear [...]

    9. Sit down, I have something to tell you You are going to die Everyone and everything you know and love is going to die Death is a given What s that You say you already knew that Then why are we all acting as if death is not a reality Why are you not living life to the fullest Why are you not seizing this very moment And what does it mean to seize the moment What does it really mean to be happy Ram Dass is not the first to give us the unvarnished truth about our mortal bodies and the material worl [...]

    10. This wise man is still lighting the way with an open heart and generosity of spirit Having looked my mortality in the eye, adjusting to a changed and changing body, this book affirms my journey and inspires me to service.

    11. Good to know that Ram Dass is still Here, Now, at the age of 86 and having suffered a debilitating stroke He describes himself as one who scouted the road ahead for the Baby Boomers, and he s still at it We ve been fortunate to have him going out ahead and reporting back.

    12. I purchased this book because of the title I had read Be Here Now see the review here wmberry reviews review and, though it was a bit bizarre, I recommended it I also said in that recommendation, I should probably read some of his current work So this title fit the bill.It took me about 9 months to read the book I read many in between starting and finishing it, and generally felt it just didn t grab me the way the others did two Zen books, a Buddhist book, a text on dreaming, a Yalom novel, a b [...]

    13. Ram Dass has written here an amazing book He has had an amazing life a searcher from the days of his expulsion from Harvard for his experimentation with psychedelics to his becoming one of the most important spiritual teachers of Eastern practice in the West His influence has been great, but in this book his direct honesty in describing an approach to aging and his own personal experience where the rubber meets the road is startling This book is a must read for anyone approaching, as I am the tw [...]

    14. the first time I wrote this review, I put it in the wrong place on the website the comments section, instead of the my review placeI love this book I ve never read Ram Dass prior to this book But I m going to go back and reads some others he s written The book is about health aging on your own terms, cultural norms, wisdom and keeping that joy and spirit one s had during their young life It s for anyone to read The younger readers will gain quite a bit of knowledge into what lies ahead, as will [...]

    15. Not knowing a great deal about Ram Dass or his background and what he stands for I had at least heard of him and decided to see what he had to say in this book Getting on in years now and having suffered a stroke he imparts upon us his parting wisdom so to speak on how he and most of us will have to come top grips with our eventual decline and departure from this worldly existence Any ones guess as to where it will take us, Ram Dass does not get into particulars here but does offer some food for [...]

    16. Recommended by a Baha i friend who has practiced meditation for years I suffered a serious back injury in February 2014, required surgery and weeks of rehab.Ram Dass is right on with current problems associated with aging, life changing events, and the authentic awareness of spiritual healing.I read the book in support of a term paper I wrote for the Wilmette Institute course on Buddhism Dass brings the historical Hindu and Buddhist practices into the 21st Century practices associated with socia [...]

    17. Ever since my brother s death I ve had the urge to learn about various theories and myths on the process of death This is a book on aging A good deal is stories, advice, and commentary on getting older, all of which I think would be helpful for most people and not just the aged I appreciate the author s openness and humility in these There s some embarrassing and unflattering stories of himself and he maintains a cheerful air in telling them and in drawing lessons from them Towards the end there [...]

    18. I didn t expect to like this book and dreaded reading it Aging and dying are horrible topics as far as I m concerned None the less it is part of our physical existence and once I started I found Ram Dass had a lot to say that I suspected as well as resonated There s also a lot I ll just have to wait and see about This is the kind of stuff our elders once modeled and shared They still do in India for example Too bad we don t value elder wisdom any Not sure there is much left around here Seems we [...]

    19. I read this book several years ago and recently read it again Ram Dass, formerly Richard Alpert, a psychologist author and friend of Timothy Leary, similarly turfed from Harvard due to LSD experiments in the 1960 s, is a lifelong spiritual thinker and healer His serious stroke in 1999 caused him to come to terms with personal suffering and the reality of dependence onpon others in day to day life due to his incapacity And yet, he is mostly happy This is an excellent read that addressed the issue [...]

    20. GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE WHO ARE STILL HEREThe Harvard Ph.D who dropped acid, dropped out and went to India in search of enlightenment Your mother s nightmare Your mother would be glad to know that Ram Dass hung in there, bringing comfort and light to people for the last 40 years He has attained something worth attaining I m told by a friend that Ram Dass was at his most impressive last year, leading a seminar after a stroke that left him barely able to speak He credited that stroke with teaching him [...]

    21. A book that is particularly relevant to me at my stage of life I am no longer young, my life is radically changing, and I needed to hear that being is important than doing It is also important to slow down and connect with my soul self When discussing being a peaceful presence for the dying I was drawn back to sitting with my mother as she transitioned She was so frightened and I wish I had known then that I could be a presence that helped her into peace I highly recommend this book

    22. Ram Dass recounts his personal experience of suddenly losing his robust physical vigor to a debilitating cerebral stroke Forced to give up his active life he became totally dependent on others for virtually every aspect of his physical existence Yet in this book he affirms the stroke as the greatest gift he could have been given As hard as it is to imagine anyone feeling that way, he explains convincingly His example is an uplifting life affirming reminder when I am anxious about aging, illness [...]

    23. I was never able to truly able to enjoy ice cream after reading Be Here Now The box did open my eyes to an eastern perspective I have included the phrase, Be There Then ever since What has struck me about all the books Baba Ram Dass has written is that Richard Halpern Is that his given name I too am getting old has never gone away He is still trying to transcend the same traits that led him on his path Still, his message to our generation is valid accept our decline, even embrace it, and don t t [...]

    24. I will be sixty this year and spirituality is knocking on my door and as the years go so quickly by I remember Ram Dass from years ago and thought I would check out what he had been writing lately I enjoyed reading this book and it made me realize I need to do a lot of inner work It is so easy to get caught up in this crazy world and immerse myself in all the technology and not enjoy the wonderful nature around us Ram Dass reminds us of all these things I am glad that I read it.

    25. When admitting I d never read anything by Ram Dass, folks would say, what So I read this one And I think I probably liked it than i would his earlier ones It s written post stroke, from a perspective of age and facing inabilities formerly taken for granted With a touch of wisdom and humor This man likes to share his life wide open I found it interesting and thought provoking

    26. This is a beginner spiritual book for older people who are insecure about their age I figured that since it was authored by Ram Dass that I would enjoy it for some of his light hearted and down to earth spiritual insights that he s famous for, and it does have that but the book never really penetrates into the deeper wisdom that Ram Dass is able to enlighten with as well Kinda boring stuff if you ve covered his earlier works already.

    27. I ve owned this book probably since it came out and tried to read a few times This time I got about halfway through Certainly aging and dealing with the challenge of aging is important, and there were some gems of understanding in this book But it seemed very wordy for the payoff, and I had to keep forcing myself to read Perhaps I ve already encountered the ideas elsewhere, so it didn t seem fresh to me I guess the bottom line for me is that it could have used a lot of editing.

    28. a man of profound depth of wisdom, Richard Alpert succinctly put into words our vulnerability in facing our own imminent destination through his words, i find inspirations that i didn t expect to cope with life s unexpected in order to let go of my pain and anguish, i gotta feel it through first the book once again appeared at the right time to alleviate the sorrows inside of me and shine light on a path ahead thank you Ram Dass T.T

    29. I highly recommend this follow up to Be Here Now by Ram Dass Being a person struggling with illness, perhaps that was the reason I resonated so much with this book but the truth is we will all age and or grow sickRam Dass brilliantly describes his own experiences and the ways he has found God through his experiences Eloquent as ever, this book helped me in my own process of discovery around the experience of living in a body that no longer conforms to expectations.

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