While we are keeping our physical distance from each other all over the globe, we can still offer each other our loving support. Gangaji offered a free online meeting on March 22, a time to come together, to share our heartfelt reports and questions, and open to what is here. We are in this together.
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What is your responsibility to peace? Is peace in the world ever separate from peace within your own mind? When you stop waiting for them, whoever they may be, to get it together so that you can live in peace, and shift your attention to your own mind, then you have a chance to be at peace. Gangaji offers each and everyone one of us the support to live from love and peace rather than fear and hatred. She shows us how to end our unnecessary suffering, and in that, be more fully available. This essential message can shift the human perspective to openness, compassion, and inclusion. Doesn’t it seem like now is a very good time to send a message of peace to the world?
Send a message of peace to those you may never meet in other parts of the world, to those living behind prison walls, and those who share the same deep desire for lasting freedom and peace. Please consider becoming a new or returning pledge donor or make a one-time donation this year. Every gift matters. If you have benefitted from any of Gangaji’s programs, it was because community members like you made it possible. Learn More
“If you think you have to fix yourself to come home to yourself, I’m telling you this is not true. It’s a dangerous lie that will cause you to suffer unnecessarily. When suffering becomes your business, your allegiance to it steals your lifeblood and whatever time you have left.”
Are you aware of the mental habits that cause you suffering? Especially the habit of trying to “fix” yourself? Gangaji asks us to stop trying to fix what will always be subject to change, to put down the burden of business as usual, and discover the capacity we have to meet it all. Whether you see yourself as the victim or the perpetrator in your own story of suffering, you can stop trying to fix it. You can say “Ha! I quit!”
In this clip, When the Unimaginable Happens, a woman faces into her grief and guilt after making a fatal mistake. She describes for Gangaji the harrowing circumstances of a journey to hell and back, after making an unaccountable, deathly mistake while on vacation in Mexico.
From Santa Sabina Silent Retreat August 2019, an essential and hilariously told meeting with what is most feared. As Gangaji says, “To laugh is essential, that is where the teaching is. When you are laughing it’s impossible to think…But if you find you are not laughing in your life, that is suffering.”
Are you trying to manage your experience or control your emotions? Can you welcome what is here without the hope of changing it or transforming it or driving it away? The addiction to the drama of suffering can be a nightmare. But if you wake up in the nightmare, and actually turn and face what is chasing you, not knowing what will happen, without an agenda, without trying to fix it, what do you find?
When we open to any emotion without our usual commentary, the possibility is that we might discover what we have been searching for all along. It’s made of the same substance as we are. It is joy.
From a retreat with Gangaji at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, CA. Gangaji asks us to inquire, what does it mean to trust yourself, what do you hope you will get if you do trust yourself? If trusting yourself is the surrender of your mind into the ground of your being, then it is actually realizing the truth of yourself.
From Harriet: “An unspeakably beautiful expression of fearlessly meeting death in full surrender. We mourn the passing of her body and celebrate the love that remains.”
We lost a dear, dear friend of the Gangaji Foundation a in 2018. Denise L’Heureux was a part of Gangaji’s Bay Area community for over 20 years. She will be remembered by anyone who met her as keenly intelligent, uproariously funny and, in her readiness to face her death, extraordinarily brave. As volunteers to the Gangaji Foundation for many years, Denise and her beloved wife Deborah have been a huge support. We are grateful beyond words for your service, your courage, your laughter, your love, your humility, and your precious, precious life. You will be greatly missed. In Denise’s last conversation with Gangaji she spoke about death as the incomprehensible blessing of life, and her journey as a walk in the “garden of death.”
See what happens when you give up your allegiance to the thoughts that cause you suffering. In 2011 this women realized that her thoughts are essentially a load of “….”! Now watch her before and after, as 6 years later, she reports back to Gangaji and Eli Jaxon-Bear on their 2018 New Zealand Tour.