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 grateful to this organization for providing beautiful blog posts, videos and more that keep these messages alive.
Although the original is not available, there are prints, stickers, and other fun products available here.
Here is a link to a beautiful 10 minute recording of this mantra (link will open in a new tab): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUQkBFFML7w
I am Loving Awareness, a Ram Dass Fabric Portrait.
Made from colored pencil on cotton canvas, an old bed sheet, new and repurposed textiles that have been dyed and stitched with love and the peace of the present moment.