I am an eternal optimist. I want to see good things happen. Peace and harmony. Planetary balance. Each and every day I hope for a miracle. What I actually observe is a lot of strife in the world right now, and so am continually taking a deeper look at how we can help support positive change. Just how do we manifest good things in this lifetime? According to many spiritual leaders, Buddhists, spiritualists, and now even metaphysical scientists – we think or visualize good things, and thus we bring more good things into our life. The challenging part for me is that it doesn’t happen like a fairy tale, POOF! Abracadabra everything’s O.K. Nope, the only way to really make good things happen is through sticking with it, and making it a daily practice.
Meditation has been a really good one for me. Practice, Practice, Practice all the teachers say. Personally, I am doing good if I can squeeze in 10 minutes every morning and every night. I have long since let go of the aspiration of becoming Buddha. Each person has to find their own realistic balance. What I have noticed in my life is that regular meditation practice supports and deepens my connection to myself, the earth, and my home and work environments. There has been a lot of research in recent years on the effects of meditation, some specifically to do with peace movements that are of particular interest to my aspirations of more peaceful world. Meditators have been sent into war zones to meditate with gratitude for a more peaceful environment, and there is an immediate measurable shift in the environment, such as a ceasefire. Just how many people does it take? The formula that keeps surfacing is the square root of one percent of the population for a real change to be noticed. The square root of one percent of the population really isn’t very much- so what if each of us focused on a more peaceful, harmonious existence just once a day? Where would our world be if we pressed ‘pause’ on the worry button longer and pressed ‘play’ on the gratitude button more often?
In Megre’s Ringing Cedars Series, Anastasia tells us how, each day, it is important to wake up and think bright thoughts for 15 minutes. Happy things, things we are grateful for, people we love. So, I did it this morning instead of my meditation and it changed my whole day. My children got out of bed effortlessly, they came home and our whole evening was enjoyable. I have to say, taking pauses throughout the day as well to appreciate my children, their growth and accomplishments, as well as my own and express gratitude for all this and more was very simple and healing. Not to say I never do it, but to bring it to a conscious level- sending love and appreciation with the express purpose of living better, did help my day go smoother. So now can I bring about a bigger change by making this a daily practice?
So here it is, I will give it a try. Every morning for the next week, I will spend a minimum of 10 minutes thinking bright thoughts when I first wake up, and see what happens! (and hopefully follow that with 10 minutes of meditation). If it changed one day of my life, I am pretty sure it can can change a few more.
If there is light in the soul, There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world.