Karen Payton Art      Ventura County, California

January 9, 2020

My guru is a little jewish woman

with bright lipstick

and sparkling earrings.

We meditate in her beautiful home

with the soles of our feet touching a soft fluffy rug

and a backyard view that can take your breath away.

And when I think of her at random times, I laugh out loud

because she is hysterical 

and kind

and a bit of hard ass

and a fan of the carnivore diet.

Ram Dass says “when you know how to listen everyone is the guru.”

The problem is, I often can’t listen because I am being annoyed, or judgy of others or short sided or a combination of all these factors.

I try not to criticize myself as I realize I needed my guru to come wrapped in familiarity, laugher and red lipstick, in order for me to listen.

About a year ago I went looking for a “teacher”.  Someone to show me th...

September 19, 2019

Take a moment with me away from your "thinking" mind and into a state of peace.  Ram Dass teaches us to do this with a simple manta....





Imagine if we all went around repeating this to ourselves..... I am loving awareness, I am loving awareness, I am loving awareness. What a peaceful world it would be!  

Since peace starts within, I have been using the manta along with a daily practice of Open Heart Meditation.  But for me, the other tool I use to get out of my thinking mind is to create art.  It's one of the only times I don't need a manta.  I am present in the now, lost in the colors or textures or the song playing in the background.  I created this piece as a gift for the Love, Serve, Remember Ram Dass Foundation.  I am so...

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