How To Use the Daily News as A Meditation Opportunity

NewsMeditationAs conscious workers who bring light, love and healing into the world, it can often be a distressing experience to read newspapers and watch the television news. So sometimes we just avoid these altogether, which risks being out of touch with the world and where our love and healing needs to go.

Because, by ignoring it, you’re not helping the bad stuff to go away. People, animals, the environment are still all suffering. Karmically, your passivity is seen as tacit approval for the harm to continue.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (and women) do nothing.” [Edmund Burke]

But it feels overwhelming – there is so much heartbreak lurking in the news that it threatens do drown us, discourage us, feel that our contribution can never make even a dint in the way of the world.

So we prefer to look away, at our own little world. In the meantime, exploitation and theft of life, liberty and justice continue.

So, what can we, as “little people” do?

Well, do you remember the meditation experiment, where hundreds of groups around the world, all meditated at the same time for world peace? There was indeed a large, statistically significant, reduction in violence for that day. This is the power of intent. This is the power of working in unison.

Then there’s the amazing the story about Dr Hew Len, the Hawaiian psychologist who single handedly caused a state-run ward for the criminally insane to be closed down, simply by healing his own ugly thoughts about each inmate. If you haven’t heard this before, the technique he used was called Ho’oponopono. Google that term, so that I don’t influence your independent research.

All he did, was to sit with each inmate’s file, and read their story. Whenever he felt a judgment arising within himself, he would sit with it, and recite: I love you. I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.

That’s all he said.  And he would continue until he actually felt the love.  It also taps into the awareness that, “There, by the Grace of God, go I.”

Dr Len was able to see, feel and live the truth of “We are all one, ” rather than just processing this intellectually, and giving it lip service. He immersed himself into this principle.

And it rippled out, with remarkable, observable consequences. Slowly, inmates became less hostile and dangerous, they became sociable and trustworthy, and the majority were eventually released.  The hospital ward eventually closed for lack of inmates.

My challenge to you is this: If one man can do this for one group of recalcitrant people, what can hundreds, or thousands of us do for the world’s “villains?”

Now, don’t go arguing for your limitations and justifying why this can not or will not work. Get out of your left brain that is judging this. Most of the pain and trouble the world is in, is caused by left brain thinking.

Sit with the possibility, and simply try it.

I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.

When you read the news or watch the news. Or hear it from someone. Catch yourself where and how you are judging others. Take that moment to practice the Ho’oponopono technique.

Plant love and healing in the world. Yes, peace begins with you. But you can never be fully at peace while ignoring the suffering of others, particularly the voiceless.

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