Exploring both acute and chronic grief, RamDev shares perspectives and practices for consciously bearing our grief and opening our hearts.

“It’s not the anger, it’s not the sadness that’s the problem, but it’s getting lost in it, becoming the emotion, ‘I am angry,’ rather than ‘anger is here.’ Or, on the other hand, pushing it away. Can we be so trusting of our true nature that we allow these feelings of grief to arise as a healing message—not as a problem to be fixed—but as a message to open to?” – RamDev

Acute Grief & Chronic Grief

Opening this episode focusing on grief as healing, RamDev explores the various kinds of grief we encounter throughout our lives. Much more nuanced than acute sadness in response to immediate loss—unresolved chronic grief and day-to-day grief can sneakily accumulate, causing a numbing effect, creating addictive behaviors, and blocking free expression of the heart. From this perspective, RamDev shares how the goal is not to stop grief, but to help process it by being with whatever arises in the heart.

“I’ve been in psychotherapy, I’ve been in bodywork, I’ve gone to long meditation retreats, I’ve taken psychedelic drugs, I’ve been with Maharajji and so many gurus—and in some way, being in deep grief, other than the direct experience of being with the Guru, is the deepest access to my heart that I have ever experienced.” – RamDev

About RamDev Dale Borglum:

RamDev Dale Borglum is the founder and Executive Director of the Living/Dying Project in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a pioneer in the conscious dying movement and has worked directly with thousands of people with life-threatening illnesses and their families for over 30 years. In 1981, Dale founded the first residential facility in the United States, The Dying Center, for people who wished to die consciously. His life’s work and passion has been and continues to be the healing of our individual and collective relationship with death and using our mortality as an inspiration for spiritual awakening.

Listen to more from RamDev Dale Borglum:

RamDev talks about how the current state of the world is uncovering so many opportunities for practice, in Healing at the Edge Ep. 48

RamDev gives a dharma talk about cultivating enough faith to face things as they are, and leads a meditation centered on the power of the grounding breath, in Healing at the Edge Ep. 49.

Building a bridge from separation to connection, RamDev offers practices for staying grounded, working with emotions like grief, and transmuting fear into love, in Healing at the Edge Ep. 67.

RamDev shares stories of his time with Ram Dass from the early days of the satsang, and reflects on what Ram Dass meant to him as a teacher and friend, in Healing at the Edge Ep. 42.

RamDev shares a dharma talk on how we can ease our suffering by offering compassion to our fear, in Healing a the Edge Ep. 46.