Have you ever felt
you were missing something in your life? If so, what is it that would make you happier?
We can make it a saner and happier world if we just
slowed down and had less focus on wanting or needing more stuff. If stuff made
you happy, there would be nothing but happy people living in Bel Air and
unhappy people living in Fiji where they have nothing, but I have been to Fiji
and there are plenty of happy people there. I have never seen a hearse with a
luggage rack on top. We have got to get away from stuff and appreciate what is
here. Ed Begley, Jr., from Be The Change.
Meditation is now the IN thing.
Cross-legged yogis and Buddhist monks can be seen in advertisements for
everything from computers and credit cards to herbal teas. Major newspapers and
magazines carry stories on the benefits of meditation with tips from famous
film stars, and no self-respecting bookshop is without a how-to-meditate
section. But can meditation do more than just make us feel good? Can meditation
change us enough to save us from further suffering, both individually and
the pain and pleasure that we experience stems fundamentally from the mind. So
when we say we want peace on earth, what we are really talking about is
reducing the conflict in our own minds. Sakyong
We have tried many ways to bring peace to the world, creating organizations like
the UN and NATO, we have had treaties and summits and endless meetings, but
still there are difficulties and disagreements. Egos battle, greed for power
dominates over humanity, and old hatred divides one against another. What will
it take for us to come together in goodwill and to generate genuine peace?
Could meditation be the missing ingredient?
Who makes problems? We humans. And who is the
controller of the human? The mind. And how to control the human mind? Through
meditation. If you can control the pilot, then the pilot can control the plane. Mingyur Rinpoche
To make changes in the way we live our lives and how we treat each other means being
aware that everything I think, say, and do affects everybody and everything
else, just as they affect me. This is the turning of our energy away from being
focused on self-centeredness, self-survival, and closed-heartedness toward
concern for others, generosity, and open-heartedness. If we genuinely want to
end war, inequality, and abuse, then we need to
have kindness toward all equally. There will never be peace in the world if we are not at peace
within ourselves. Such a deepening of understanding is essential if we are to
end the disregard and violence that destroy so many lives and cause so much
unnecessary pain and distress.
The point of meditation is to keep the mind free of
confusion. Meditation, past calming our nerves, past being good for our blood
pressure, past allowing us to work out our own internal psychological dramas, which
it does, past helping us to get along with our kin and our community, is a way
of really deeply seeing the truth that the only way to ameliorate our own
suffering and the suffering of the world is to keep our minds clear. Sylvia Boorstein
The equation, therefore, is simple: The more meditation becomes a part of our lives, the more
we change and evolve; the more we change and evolve, the more society is
transformed and the world moves into a more sustainable, wise, and loving place
to be. And all we have to do for this chain of events to occur is to be
What does meditation mean to you? How
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All the above quotes are in our new book. You can order a copy of it at: BE
THE CHANGE, How Meditation Can Transform You and the World.
and Deb Shapiro’s new book, BE THE CHANGE, How Meditation Can Transform
You And The World, forewords by the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman, with
contributors such as Marianne Williamson, astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Ellen
Burstyn, Michael Beckwith, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jane Fonda, Jack Kornfield, Byron
Katie, Dean Ornish, and others is published by Sterling Ethos. Deb is the
author of the award-winning book YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND. Ed and Deb are the authors of over 15
books, and lead meditation retreats and workshops. Enjoy their 3 meditation CD’s:
- Loving kindness and Forgiveness; Samadhi – Breath Awareness and
Insight; and Yoga Nidra – Inner Conscious Relaxation, available on their
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