I open a Christmas/Holiday card to learn friends were visiting NYC and went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and lit a candle for my brother’s passing. My heart is touched.

Ram Dass passed away yesterday at the age of 88.  I’ve read his books, and watched him on-line, but was most touched when I saw him speak at the College of Marin.  It wasn’t that long after his stroke, and yet there he was in his wheelchair, cheerful and slow, measured one might say, but in the most expansive way.

He taught us how to give space and breathe just by his presence.  Nothing more was needed.

Today, I learn my two month old grandchild loves owls, and is gurgling “whoooo” and I think of all the creatures surrounding us, and the grace we share as we pause for this season of love and beauty, reflection and peace, connection and care.

I’m sitting with two quotes of Ram Dass as I listen to men scramble on my roof like Santa’s reindeer as they clean the gutters of all the leaves that have fallen in honoring this time of year.  The branches are bare, and people pass, and love is here.

Ram Dass: “Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not ‘I love you’ for this or that reason, not ‘I love you if you love me.’ It’s love for no reason, love without an object.”

“You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success—none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.”

Love is always here!!

All is shared at the Cornell Hotel de France

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