Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Peace On Earth


I am re-posting this meditation from a year and a half ago. In honor of the victims of 9/11, who will forever be in our hearts, let us focus on peace and healingNot war, not retaliation, not anger, not hatred.

March 5, 2012
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I know I am not alone here when I say that the amount of bad news being delivered over the media 24 hours a day is overwhelming and disheartening. I have found that my Piscean tendencies make it difficult sometimes to filter out the negativity and not feel the weight of the world on my shoulders and in my heart.

Here is a mediation from Madonna Gauding's book, The Meditation Bible, that helps lessen fear and anxiety, promotes personal and world peace, and empowers us when feeling otherwise powerless amidst the strife and conflict that dominates our world. 

Here is what she writes:
Television and the Internet provide us with 24-hour, instantaneous news. Often that news is about violence, war, and conflict of all kinds. It is easy to feel hopeless and powerless, or to bury our feelings only to have them manifest in sleepless nights or other stress-related problems. Try this meditation when you are aware that conflicts are causing you stress, whether in your personal life or half-way around the world. 
Let's Meditate
1. Find a quiet place at home or outdoors. Sit in any way you find comfortable. Breathe deeply for a few minutes.
2. Think about a particular conflict that affects you. Try not to take sides, favoring one warring group over another. Acknowledge that both the aggressor and those transgressed upon are suffering. 
3. Generate the desire for all beings involved to hear their anger and pain. Include yourself in this wish. Visualize a sacred being - God, Buddha, Krishna, the Virgin Mary or your higher power. Imagine a cooling and healing white light emanating from that being to you, filling your body and calming any anger or fear you may feel.
4. From your heart, send out light to those at war.Visualize that they have ended their conflict and are beginning to live in peace. End your meditation session when you feel ready. 
We can all do our part to create more peace in the world by starting with ourselves. 

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