I spent several years serving my beloved teacher Ram Dass on Maui. It was during this time that I committed myself to the practice of kirtan and the path of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of service and devotion to God. I also received the rare chance to be in close proximity to a man who truly lives from the heart. Whether he is lecturing on stage, at the dinner table with friends or alone in his room, Ram Dass rests in and acts from a place of love. I believe that this is the most important thing anyone can learn- to live from the heart, to act from the heart, to sing from the heart.
This is Ram Dass’s main teaching today, and it continues the teachings of his guru, the great saint Neem Karoli Baba, who said “Love everyone, serve everyone and remember God.” I try to make these three words, love, serve and remember as the foundation of everything I do. I can’t think of any better map to navigate life with.
Since leaving Ram Dass’s, I received my graduate degree in social work and now find myself singing, teaching, counseling, writing, and serving in a wide variety of settings ranging from yoga studios, music festivals and retreat centers to homeless shelters, hospice clinics and prisons.