Ram Dass, born as Richard Albert, is a contemporary American spiritual teacher.
“We’re all just walking each other home.” I think that this speaks to the importance of a support system, whether it is family, friends, or professional. We all need someone to “walk beside us.”
“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” We all need to remember this as we go through treatment. Reminding ourselves that this is a “step on the path.”
Ram Dass tells us “to be mindful of our physical state, and to be compassionate toward it.” I tried to remember to be compassionate with my body during this very difficult time. One’s body is put through unimaginable assaults during surgery and treatment. I remember that my doctor told me not to expect to feel well for about a year. But, everything is relative and there are periods that are better than others.
“The first step toward not being unconsciously influenced by something is to become conscious of it.” I feel that this relates to becoming aware of your emotions and fears in order to understand them as normal responses to trauma, therefore taking some of their power away.