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Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dyingby Ram Dass
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More than thirty years ago, an entire generation sought a new way of life, looked for fulfillment and meaning in a way that no one had before. This was the Woodstock generation, and they were led on their quest by one man, the man who was "there" before everyone else: Ram Dass. He changed the way we thought about life; he left his teaching post at Harvard to embody the role of spiritual seeker, he showed us all how to begin to find peace within ourselves in one of the greatest spiritual classics of this century, the two-million-copy bestseller, Be Here Now.
Ram Dass went on to lecture around the world, to create organizations, and to dedicate himself to the serving others. A few of his readers followed him, but most went into business, had children, built houses, and set the larger questions of meaning and fulfillment aside.
Now, we find we need Ram Dass again. As we enter the later stages of life, the big questions of peace and of purpose have reappeared, this time demanding answers, and our old friend Ram Dass has returned to offer a helping hand. He again blazes a new trail, inviting us to join him on the next stage of the journey. This part has been particularly difficult for him: as he was finishing a draft of the manuscript, he was stopped in his tracks by a massive cerebral hemorrhage that he was not expected to survive. But survive it he did, with his humor intact and a bigger heart than ever. In Still Here, Ram Dass helps us explore the joy, pain, and opportunities of the ripening seasons of our lives. Writing with his trademark humor and wisdom, sharing stories from his own life, and meditation exercises to integrate the teachings into daily life, Ram Dass offers us a new perspective on the territory that lies ahead. It is a perspective on aging, changing, and dying that he hopes will make the tumultuous process a little easier for all of us.
"Back then, when we were young and easy, Ram Dass taught us to be fully present to our lives. Here and now we're not as young and it's not so easy and he's still teaching us how to age with courage and compassion." Sam Keen, bestselling author of Fire in the Belly
"Ram Dass continues to share his on-going journey with us to our great benefit, as usual. He 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 and Full Catastrophe Living
"There are many things one could say after reading a book as wonderful and profound as this one but they all add up to the same thing: Thank you, Ram Dass, Thanks a lot." Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., bestselling author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings
"[Ram Dass] is a superb writer. His example of gentleness and loving compassion is infused with profound wisdom of the heart and mind, a welcome sense of humor, and a savvy effectiveness in the real world." San Francisco Chronicle
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