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What a challenging time on our planet. I don’t even watch the news because it is so disturbing. Instead, I keep on teaching peace. I pray. I meditate. I take inspired action. I try to remain peaceful because I know that peace is the way to garner the best perspective, to create a peaceful environment, and to access the wisdom and love that is inherent inside. It’s inside you too. And, believe it or not, it’s inside each one of us.
The root of intolerance
Recently, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Chopra Center in San Diego to facilitate a women’s retreat. I talked on relationships, and how each relationship you are engaged in is colored by the relationship you have with yourself. For instance, if you are kind to yourself, you are probably kind to others. If you intolerant of certain aspects of yourself, you are probably intolerant of certain aspects of others.
How meditation heals
Meditation practice can cultivate and extend this feeling of peace; it’s the peace that exists, right here, right now, inside you and you can connect to your center point of peace, even in the midst of sadness, grief, or overwhelm. Meditation will also help you to cultivate the strength to bear witness to life: not just the stuff you like, but all of it that comes to you. Then if you are present, you’ll heed the call of love. It will call you forth in action. Love in action is compassion.
Sometimes in meditation, you are able to transcend whatever mental or emotional boundaries or limitations you are experiencing, whether you have anger, prejudice, resentment, or intolerance for a certain socio-economic group, profession, political party, candidate, age group, religion, or people from another country.
How to spread peace
You connect to the deepest part of you, that part of you that knows that love wins. That part of you that knows that peace wins. That part of you that is love. Then, when you come out of meditation, the contrast between the truth of this love and peace, and that of any interior intolerance you experience, is more pronounced. As you become aware of that divide inside of you, you can become curious about it. To examine your own beliefs and thoughts that cause you to contract instead of expand, is paramount in order to be the peace you want to see in the world.
Meditation can heighten your awareness and help you to be more compassionate, peaceful, and kind. Genius Albert Einstein once said, “Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” All living creatures. I’m up for the challenge, are you?
Sarah McLean considers herself an American Transcendentalist. She’s dedicated her life to exploring meditation: living as a resident of both a Zen Buddhist monastery and a traditional ashram in India, as well as living and working in a Transcendental Meditation center. She headed up the education programs at Deepak Chopra’s center in California and Byron Katie’s School for the Work. Sarah is a best-selling Hay House author of the books Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation and The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and its Unlimited Potential with Meditation. She’s also a sought-after speaker who is determined to create more peace on this planet by helping people wake up to the wonder and beauty of their lives and the world around them through the practice of meditation.
This article first appeared on mcleanmeditation.com, and is reposted with permission from the author.