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Why Meditation Is So Cool

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Why Meditation Is So Cool

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. –Lao Tzu

At a time of economic downturn, with corruption on the rise and countries at war, we wondered what could bring greater awareness, kindness, and compassion to a world in so much chaos? Could something as subtle and understated as meditation possibly have any affect on business, the environment, conflict, or even politics? Can meditation make a big enough change in consciousness to transform the way we see ourselves, each other, and our world?

We have both been immersed in meditation since we were young. It is the foundation of our lives, and often makes us wonder what life would be like without it when we look around and see the massive confusion and suffering that many people experience. So, for our book, Be the Change, How Meditation Can Transform You and The World, we wanted to paint a more varied picture by including many of the cool people who do it, how it affects them, and why you should do it too!

Meditation has been the main focus of spiritual practice for thousands of years, but it is only in the last few decades that the general population has begun to realize how valuable it really is, regardless of spiritual or religious interests. However, this poses a conundrum. If meditation is so available and as well known as it seems to be, why is it not already an integral part of everyone’s lives? If health reports are saying how good it is as a way to cope with stress, how it makes you feel better about yourself and others, why do we ignore it or find excuses not to do it?

Self-centeredness and selfishness — hallmarks of the ego — affect not only our own lives and relationships but also influence the way we behave in the world. There is no limit to the damage a strong ego can do, from the arrogant conviction that our own opinions are the only right ones and everyone should be made to believe in them, to wielding and abusing power at the expense of other people’s lives or liberties. The ego is neither good nor bad, except when self-centeredness dominates our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of life. A positive sense of self gives us confidence and purpose, but a more negative and selfish aspect of the ego makes us unconcerned with other people’s feelings; it thrives on the idea of me-first and impels us to cry out, “What about me? What about my feelings?”

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You can learn more in our book, Be The Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World, forewords by the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman, with contributors Marianne Williamson, Jane Fonda, Ram Dass, Byron Katie and others. Our 3 meditation CD’s: Metta—Loving kindness and Forgiveness; Samadhi–Breath Awareness and Insight; and Yoga Nidra–Inner Conscious Relaxation, are available at: EdandDebShapiro.com

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4:09AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Beware of one's and others' need

3:45AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

That which I despise is but denial of that I love and that I love equal in denial.

All that is, each individual point of being emanating forth knows reality only from the single source, before the sparkling darkness, before the awakening of potential. Whatever seduces my attention is but an aspect of the ONE (All That Is) who yet is nothing. This is part of the "one I love" individualized and made complete.

Anything that is must be the absence of it's counterpart. that which is not. That which is chair is the absence of all that is not chair, so is it formed and made real to sit upon.

That which is and is not did emanate and so evolve into a certain solidity willed by that which is not solid. Is not the time endowed solidity greater than the illusion of thought and even perhaps of will. Is man the evolution of the ape or is the ape the evolution of man? It seemeth to me that oft in many ways ape is superior to man.

4:53AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Thank you

12:42PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Thanks. All the more reason to meditate

6:52PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Thank you

8:12PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

"The heart knows its own bitterness and no stranger shares its joy" ~ Book of Proverbs. So easy to give into the impulse of our ego. Harder to let go of that screaming raging ego that never seems fulfilled. I know I'm not alone with this thought.

7:30AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

this makes me want to meditate more

3:08AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Before it was becoming easier and easier, right now - when the last week or so have been so hectic I don't know whether I'm coming or going - it seems to have slipped way down to about priority number 263 .... and that's right when I could probably do with it the most.

On that note, I'm going to very quickly finish this piece of work and then use the 10 minutes I was planning for some cleaning to settle and focus.

Thank you.

2:44PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Meditation IS so cool! Thanks for a well written and heartfelt posting!

6:10AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

I can't agree.

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