Most people know that there are two things which all (American) human beings can be assured – death and taxes. Add one more to that short list: change.
In a world where everything is change, you’d imagine that someone would have figured out by now that meditation is the way to go (present company excluded).
Ed and Deb Shapiro in this Care 2 article shed light on the practice of meditation as a means by which to affect change (while at the same time accepting it). Using current events in Libya to exemplify the potentially destructive nature of the ego, the Shapiros point out how an unwillingness to let go on the part of Muammar Gaddafi is in turn resulting in global unrest, destruction and even death.
While the Shapiros point out that some view meditation as a pathway to self centeredness, the majority see the practice as a way to move from self love to other love with a mind toward considering how our actions affect others.
It would appear that silence and contemplation enable us to go from being self-centered to other-centered, concerned about the welfare of all and not just ourselves. We become more acutely aware of how we treat each other and seek to become a positive presence rather than a negative one. Rather than focusing on the problem, we are inspired to become the solution.
Read more about how to make meditation a verb in your own life here.