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Group Energy

November 19, 2016 Leave a comment

frost04Whenever people get together and align their intentions, their personal energies combine to create a communal energy that is greater than the sum of its parts.  When I meditate with a group with my eyes closed I can feel connectedness between my life essence and that of the other meditators.  Empowered by this connection, I feel I attain a greater depth of relaxation in the group setting as opposed to meditating on my own.

Feeling shared essential energy is not limited to group meditation.  You can feel it at sports events, where it might be called ‘team spirit’; at religious services, where it’s called ‘religious fervor’; or during political campaigns wherein like-minded people witness a leader who expresses views that resonate with their own experience.  This communal energy produces strong and pleasant feelings of belonging.

However, whereas communal energy in group meditation can create a feeling of universal connectedness, not just with the other humans in the room but with all manifestations of the physical existence, communal energy in sporting events, religious services or in support of a political candidate may create a feeling of connectedness only with others who share enthusiasm for their particular sports team, chosen religion or candidate.

We have all seen or heard about violence at sporting events between the fans of opposing teams, and violence between members of different religious faiths has occurred frequently in human history.  Violence between people with opposing political views is also common.  Just as one can begin to identify themselves as belonging to the group, one can begin to recognize those outside the group as inferior, wrong, or perhaps evil, or to to feel that outsiders may deserve misfortune, or punishment, or death.

Of course the other people do not really usually deserve misfortune, or punishment, or death.  Other people usually deserve the same things we do:  happiness, freedom and justice.

I believe a very powerful response to group energy that has been poisoned by anger, blaming, hatred and other negative emotions is to cultivate openness within the self through a daily practice of meditation.  When one learns to find their own inner light it becomes easier to find that light in others.

If you don’t meditate, try it out.  If you already meditate, invite someone to join you.   If you can open your mind and help one other person open theirs you will have made a profound improvement to our world.

Peace.

Former Trees

October 4, 2013 Leave a comment

skidderChange is life; life is change.  Embrace life.

Sometimes this is a philosophy of peace and sometimes it is a philosophy of conflict because some change just feels wrong.

Former Trees

Comes to an end one day
As I see instead of trees
Empty air

A few branches strewn
On torn earth
Remaining

There the machine
Parked on the gravel
Tree cutter, skidder, stump puller
All in one
Invention of a human
Thinking only
Of efficiency

But no judgement
Only acceptance
Embrace change
Remember the tearing
Of your heart
Lets the Eternal in

Yet today
What can I say
As this beautiful pair
Who captured my imagination last year
Lay there

I can say only
Now the door to my heart
Is torn open
Wide
So more of the Eternal
Can come inside

And that
Perhaps
I owe a debt
To these
Former trees

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In Gratitude for Light

April 16, 2013 Leave a comment

In gratitude for light
Warming with the inference of caress
Not direct expression but a gesture
Objectified
Almost tender
Unless one remembers
The carelessness
Of radiant generality

One should not take personally
A bomb left in a trash bin
As the warmth of the sun
Falls equally
An IED is indiscriminate
Everyone has an equal chance
Except those deliberately absent

Our calls paralyze the network
Until we find our own
Make sure they are safe
Yes everybody’s fine we
Assure out of town relations

But it is a lie
We are not fine
Someone took some of our limbs
And a few of our lives
To make the anonymous political statement
That we are not safe

But this is not news
And we did not need it told us this way

Today I bask in the universal warmth
Knowing it does not judge
But shines on everyone
No matter what they’ve done
And I dream of a time not yet come
Of the warmth of peace and freedom
The light of gratitude

Reflections on the bombing of the Boston Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts, April 15th, 2013

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Against Violence

January 9, 2011 2 comments

I trust the universe to unfold as it should. I believe in positive outcomes. I expect things to work out all right, one way or another.

I say these things in the face of both the holocaust of the past and the near future when we will all face radical changes in the ways in which we live.

I regret nothing. I look to a bright future of peace and love in which all life is valued for the precious and rare commodity that it is.

May you feel strong.
May you feel safe.
May you feel happy.
May your life unfold with ease.