Monday, April 15, 2013

Violence - what we can do? - A meditation

Violent events today and recently, remind us of how we are inter-connected. How a harmful deed as well as good ones ripple through the human community.

What we don't always remember in the shadow of these big and dramatic events is that something as subtle and personal as a meditation can change our perspective, and thus ripple out from us to effect others in positive ways. So if you want to do something to counter these violent cries of isolation and fear we see in the world, start with yourself.

Here is a meditation to extend first toward yourself, then to others: Sylvia Boorstein's Lovingkindness Meditation. The change I saw in myself after practicing this meditation was a new and sustaining commitment toward my own and others' well being.