Can Meditation Really Change the World?

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If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation. – Dalai Lama Can meditation really change the world or are the Dali Lama’s visions of a world living in peace the dreamlike visions of John Lennon?   Meditators and yogis have been saying for eons that meditation makes us happier, calmer, and more compassionate toward others. Other reported benefits are decreased stress, enhanced […]

Living in a Material World

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Not only are we unconsciously drawn inward where we are driving down the road and forgetting the journey or engaged in internal dialogues, we can also be unconsciously drawn outward into the world of meaningless externalities. For many, the external world is irresistible and no one seems to notice the grip that this world has on them.   People get into their cars and immediately turn on the radio or music.  When they get home they […]

The Necessity of the Ego

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The ego gets a pretty bad rap these days. I can’t count the number of times someone says something like “It’s just ego,” or “It’s all ego,” as though the ego were something we should or even could just dispense of at will. As the center of our conscious mind, the ego is a psychological necessity. Perhaps a lot of what people say today comes from the influx of Eastern philosophy. It is important to […]

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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This human being is a guest-house Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, Who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture. Still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and […]