For those of you who don’t know Ram Dass is, he is most popularly known for being the author of Be Here Now, Ram Dass. He has inspired and created giant waves of consciousness awakening throughout the west. He has become widely well known for studying the mystical and therapeutic benefits of hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD and Psychlocibin.
Ram Dass made an incredible and heartfelt impact in his life with countless projects and contributions such as founding the human kindness foundation. This foundation worked to offer spiritual teachings in prisons in the prison-ashram project and co-founded the Seva Foundation, which helped blind people in developing countries.
Ocean of Love Meditation
Join Ram Dass for this beautiful guided meditation to tap into an ocean of love. The essence of this meditation is tapping into the Metta consciousness.
Around 1500 BCE the Vedas taught, Metta (in language Pali) which translates as loving-kindness. Yoga, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism all stem from the teachings of the Vedas. Although yoga and Buddhism are the most commonly known for their Metta meditations.
The technique behind loving-kindness meditation is slightly different than other types of meditation where the focus is to remain empty and observational towards arising emotions. This particular meditation is about cultivating and focusing on loving-kindness.
The meta consciousness is a state of unconditional divine love to all living beings. Compassion and loving-kindness are viewed to eradicate one of jealousy, anger, hatred, greed, and envy. It increases compassion not only for the existence of external life but your existence as well.
Tap Into More Love
In the meditation above in one moment Ram Dass guides you to see each breath as inhaling love and exhaling love so that you become the ocean of love yourself. Working with our breath, yogis have found it is an incredibly sacred act.
Pranayama can be used to clear out the chakra system of any blockages as well as be a form of devotion. By devotion we mean each breath is used intentionally to send out and receive love.
Pranayama is a yogic technique to extend the breath and expand the life-force energy we have inside of us. One technique you can use to practice pranayama is Simha Kriya which boosts the immune system as well as expands the breath capacity.
Tapping more deeply into love is about as powerful as your intentions can be. Love is the healer of all pain and flows through us naturally when our chakra system is open. If you want to learn more about what causes the chakra system to be blocked click here.
More of Ram Dass
If you are interested in learning more about Ram Dass and his teachings check out our article on his advice for self-love.