1.3.2020 When my friend Earl emailed me about a week after Ram Dass passed away, I realized I hadn't processed the sad news - seeing in that pending grief a chance to be present when I was ready to let it move through. Today, after many chores I decided to sneak in a walk on the beach even though it had just rained and the sky threatened more. Halfway between Castles and Kalama beaches I turned to the ocean and looked up into a patch of bright blue sky to suddenly see it be flanked left and right by soft wide rainbows. Experiencing sun and clouds, color and gray, ecstasy and sadness, all mixed in the moment, I could only think about Ram Dass - who had lived just across the water on Maui, then and there expressing my gratitude for his courageous and influential life.
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