And I Am That, Too

I’ve had some experience this last week with trying (and sometimes failing) at overcoming my negative thoughts and projections about others.  Luckily for me, I know the perfect remedy.  It’s an amazing spiritual practice from Ram Dass, which can silence those unkind thoughts that are so divisive and cause such great harm.

His instructions are quite simple: Every time you catch yourself judging another person, own your projection by saying:

“And I am that, too”

With this simple, yet profound practice, I am immediately brought back into alignment with my heart, which understands the illusion of separateness, and the beautiful African philosophy of Ubuntu  – I am because you are, you are because I am.  Ubuntu is the essence of being human; that my humanity is caught up in your humanity.

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