Wanderlust Remembering Ram Dass: East Forest Reflects

It is very important anticipate nothing, to take each expertise, together with the damaging ones, as merely steps on the trail, and to proceed. ~Ram Dass


On December 22, 2019, we misplaced our instructor, buddy, and icon, Ram Dass.  He died peacefully in Maui surrounded by family members.  Though his passing brings peace, it additionally carries deep disappointment and the shock of dropping certainly one of our greatest.

east forest ram dassI keep in mind sitting with Ram Dass, simply the 2 of us in his examine in the summertime of 2018.  I used to be there to file him for what would turn into the “Ram Dass” album.  I used to be so nervous and pondering to myself that I had one way or the other finagled my approach into the non secular white home, that now was my huge second to ask some good questions or obtain the key obtain.  As a substitute he simply checked out me.  Not a look, however slightly probably the most open, loving and current gaze I had ever obtained.  He confirmed me his soul and in flip, opened mine.  He gifted to me what he all the time knew the best way to reward so effectively, his presence.  And in his later years it usually was all he had left to present, but it surely was his strongest reward.  And it served as a mirror to indicate us all the best way to personify grace by pointing our consideration with the complete recognition of its potential.

Recording with Ram DassWhen an elder departs, generally we really feel, ‘the place will we go from right here?’  I do know I can really feel misplaced and greedy for one thing to carry onto.  However like every little thing within the Universe, when one factor departs, it makes room for an additional to develop.

Now could be the time for us to hold Ram Dass’ imaginative and prescient and teachings with us as we step into the roll of the ‘ones we’ve been ready for’.  It’s our time, and our accountability now to choose up the mantle and combine all that Ram Dass gave us over his 88 years.

Fortunately, we’ve got a lot to lean on.  1000’s of hours of talks, quite a few books, and the music we created collectively.

I can’t imagine the closing of our little mission coincided with Ram Dass’ demise.  I can’t imagine he’s gone.  However as I do know he would say, ‘the place may I am going?’.  He’s all the time with us, no additional away than your subsequent breath, and he’d need nothing greater than for us to sing one another awake; in celebration of his life and our incarnation — we’re souls right here to be taught and to like each other as we inform the reality.I really like you Ram Dass.  Thanks for displaying us the best way all of those years and for giving me so a lot — might I give again in flip and honor your big life.

EastForestBioPhotoIn the summertime of 2018, East Forest was invited to Maui to file model new teachings from acclaimed non secular instructor Ram Dass. After capturing these phrases of knowledge East Forest returned to his studio to compose the soundtrack to fastidiously assist every songs’ topic.  Masking subjects corresponding to darkish ideas, nature, expertise and far more, these songs are stuffed with inspiration.

The album is launched in 4 “chapters” all through 2019, culminating in a full size launch on August 9, 2019.  Trevor Corridor, Stic of Lifeless Prez, Laura Hen of The Mynabirds, and Grammy nominated artist Krishna Das all make visitor appearances on the 14-track album, with reworks by Hammock, Christopher Willits, Laraaji, The Album Leaf, Nick Mulvey, Sluggish Meadow, and Peter Broderick amongst others. Be a part of 347,825 others on Spotify and take heed to the album right here: https://sptfy.com/8YVv

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