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This is How we Create Change

We live in a world of great turmoil and crisis.  Everyone is scurrying around trying to “do something.”  Are we missing something?  Are we perhaps even unknowingly contributing to the madness?  Is there a better way?  Watch this brief TED talk and let’s discuss it in the comments section below.

A film by Greater Good Science Center.

Video from KarmaTube

Tools for Defeating Fear: Meditation

Meditation is always important, but especially when we find ourselves going up against fear.  Many of these tools I will talk about are things we need to grow and cultivate so they will become a natural part of our lives, available when we need them.  Fear, desperation and turmoil certainly can drive us to these practices  There is never a bad time to start learning, but we cannot expect to have full knowledge of or the ability to use these tools immediately.  It all takes time, so be patient.  It will be worth it.

Meditation means different things to different people and there are many different methods and techniques available.  Perhaps the easiest way to begin is simply by following the breath as it goes in and out.  This is sometimes called “mindfulness of breathing” and will slow down and calm both the body and mind.

Meditation is something that can be practiced by people of any or no religious tradition.  My meditation practice is a part of my religious practice, where we enter into the silence and experience the presence of God, but yours might be quite different.

There is such a thing as “guided meditation.”  This is another tool and it is one that I sometimes use.  These are often scripted and read.  It is easy to become dependent on these words and the tone and delivery style of the teacher.  So, if you use these be sure you are also practicing meditation on your own.  The teacher, video or podcast might not be there in time of crisis.

In the crazy world we live in, we all need to stop, be still and remember who we are.  Start developing your meditation practice now and it will be there for you when you need it.

For more information on meditation check our 101+ Positive Resources page.

Thought for Today

 

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth