The idea of “all” is the challenge. It is easy to stand up and join with the people we “like” or those that share common values, perspectives or ways of living. But are we willing to link elbows with people who don’t hold doors open, speak to people rudely, have different colour skin or religious beliefs? Can we stand alongside those who intentionally hurt others or terrorists?
The challenge is to accept life as it is, in all forms, without judgement.
Loving Kindness Meditation helps us to open our hearts to accept. The point is not to support, for instance, violent behaviour but to accept it when it does happen, understand that there are many factors that lead to that moment of which we are unaware (i.e. possibly unrelenting child abuse experienced by the perpetrator) and emanate love which will help to heal the people and places involved.
Judgement, disapproval or hate will only create more separation. Separation means sides and sides seem to eventually result in conflict or war.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be. Gandhi lived this message. He stood up for what he believed in what became known as the Passive Resistance Movement. He did not seek to harm, judge, manipulate, control or dominate other parties. He referred to his movement as, “Satyagraha”, meaning “truth force”. If you stand up for what is right, you will eventually win the day. Others will see the light.
Like attracts like. Fear breeds more fear. This is the goal of terrorism. Fear divides. We stop having faith or trusting in others. Divided we are weak. “They” win.
Acceptance unites. Acceptance embraces whatever or whoever presents itself. Acceptance grows ranks and eliminates sides.
Events throughout the world have challenged our sense of unity; our sense of acceptance. We are also challenged in our everyday lives. Maybe we talk behind the back of a colleague, speak harshly to our children, flip a driver the bird. Try practicing loving kindness. Click here for a simple script or let Anna guide you through this WebEx link. Either way, let’s work to create a peace so thick that everyone feels the calm in their heart. It’s the only way to settle the unrest.
The next session is Thursday, May 10 12:15 – 12:45 pm in Room 13014.
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Nexen Wellness Centre
ME Time Meditation Class
with Paul Larmer & Anna Gignac
12:15 – 12:45 pm
2nd & 4th Thursdays Monthly
Next Session: May 10