Meditation and Healing our Planet

Sakyong Miphan Rinpoche wrote the following about meditation:

“We can begin the process of personal development now by including short periods of meditation as part of our everyday lives. Tilling the gound of our own minds through meditations how we begin to create a new culture, a culture that can thrive in the modern world and can at the same time support our human journey in an uplifted and joyous way….”

While we must work with ourselves and with our own minds through the process of meditation, there is a larger scope that should be considered.  Not only are we meditating to work on ourselves, we are also meditating in order to create a better world and a more compassionate society.  The ultimate aggression is to be unkind to oneself.  Until we work with ourselves, we cannot possibly be as kind as we should be to the world at large. The idea of compassion, of laying aside the “me” agenda, is becoming a message that is being spread by many spiritual teachers today.  Some of us have realized that the old habitual patters we have used to deal with the world are no longer effective.  Even though we work with ourselves, our meditation practice will hopefully assist us in being more empathetic towards others and towards the planet.

In his new book entitled, “The Empathic Civilization: The Race To Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis” Jeremy Rifkin recognizes that all we must do, even in the greening process will not be effective unless we are willing to work for a change of consciousness in the world at large.  We have created an environment for ourselves and for sentinent beings on earth that is no longer compatible with our way of thinking about the world.  We can no longer think, feel and act the way we “always have” and successfully rescue our planet or our civilization from human destruction.

While Rifkin does not actually use these words, we might be in the dawn of a new enlightenment that will radically change how we think about the world and how we go about changing our world.  One of the ways I think this can and will happen is through meditation and working with our aggression, fear and uncertainty.  Perhaps facing our fear is actually a way in which we can finally come to grips with our antiquated world view and begin the process of compassionate healing.  Pema Chodron speaks of the “wisdom of uncertainty.”   The old ways of attacking those who were different, or of playing the game of one-upmanship will no longer work. Our societies and our world are regurgitating the poison that greed and aggression have fed them.  I think we will be forced to work with ourselves and to reach out to each other.

Rifkin recently wrote in Huffington Post that:

“Although life as it’s lived on the ground, close to home, is peppered with suffering, stresses, injustices, and foul play, it is, for the most part, lived out in hundreds of small acts of kindness and generosity. Comfort and compassion between people creates goodwill, establishes the bonds of sociality, and gives joy to people’s lives. Much of our daily interaction with our fellow human beings is empathic because that is our core nature. Empathy is the very means by which we create social life and advance civilization. In short, it is the extraordinary evolution of empathic consciousness that is the quintessential underlying story of human history, even if it has not been given the serious attention it deserves by our historians.” (Rifkin)

I am convinced that mediation and the embracing of eastern philosophies such as the Tao are some of the ways we can expedite our journey to wholeness and healing of this sacred and beautiful planet.

Rifkin, Jeremy, The Empathic Civilization, 2009, Pinguin Group, New York City, New York.

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *