Peace Collective

23 May 19

Judging by the success of populist parties around the world, their demagoguery works. In thinking about the rise of populism against centrist politics today, it is interesting to remind ourselves that similar divisions occurred in Ancient Greek philosophy. Aristotle, who lived in the 3rd century BC, and his mentors Socrates and Plato were questioning the […]

23 May 19
Politics of us | Blog

In early March 1991 Nearly the entire population of Kurds in Iraq were threatened by the brutal persecution of the regime of Saddam Hussain. Millions have fled to the mountains where they faced famine and deprivation. Often in times of great tragedy, innovative solutions tend to emerge. Under the UN Security Council Resolution 688 the […]

23 May 19
ArnannJay | Freelancer & Digital Storyteller

It’s been two years already since the Siege shook the country in 2017. I can still remember that day when I went home from school and saw disturbing images and videos online of ISIS threatening locals. Tired and stress for finals, I did not mind much of it really, until news came in the morning […]

23 May 19
Peter Cavanaugh's Blog

Happy Wedding Anniversary to my lovely child bride, Eileen. Eileen and I were married 55 years ago today, May 23rd, at St. Joseph’s Church in Syracuse, New York. Eileen and I met when I was President of the Catholic Youth Organization at St. Joseph’s (I can’t imagine anyone ever calling it “St. Joe’s” back then) […]

23 May 19
Thrive Global
Meditation, simply put, is nothing but mental hygiene— a practice of clearing out the daily mental garbage to boost your mental health. There are numerous studies proving the benefits of meditation for improving quality of life. But when I heard that more than 20,000 people are going to meditate together for Mental Health Awareness and Peace in America on July 24th, 2019 in Denver, CO a couple of questions naturally arose in my mind—will this really create the desired impact? Is world peace really possible through groups of people meditating together? Are there any more benefits of group meditation over personal meditation? Although I teach meditation and know first-hand the impact that it can have on individual lives, I’m also a scientist in approach–and I wanted to know more. What I found in my research on the subject was so thrilling, and I believe that it’s worth the world’s attention. Here are 3 strong science-based reasons to support the effects of massive mass meditation and to show how this practice is not just a service to yourself, but a service to humanity as well. 1.  We are all connected and ONE! The ripple effect Studies actually prove the existence of a ripple effect of peace in the surrounding environment when a group meditates together. I recall here my conversation with my meditation teacher Bhanu Narasimhan, who travels around the globe to conduct meditation retreats and teacher training, about this ripple effect. She says, “It is not about individuality or certain sections of society. It is all about recognizing that we are all connected and part of one universal being. We all are governed by vibrations. A happy person can make us happy and an unhappy person spreads unhappiness. When glaciers melt due to global warming the water levels rise around the planet. Global warming is such a glaring reminder that we cannot isolate ourselves.” 2. Group meditation is like a tug of war We have witnessed many times how a handful of people strongly unified by a common intent can profoundly influence a larger group of people. Great global movements for peace, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi, have always begun with a coming together of people who want peace for the greater good. A Russian scientist, Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, a professor of physics at St. Petersburg State Technical University explains how you can influence the world around you with your mind. According to the superstring theory in physics, waves of vibration flow from everything in the universe, affecting the collective consciousness of others. Groups can enliven that field. Group meditation can be similar to a tug of war. You are all pulling on the same side, a certain synergy of energy is created, and a common goal is achieved. It is the same when you meditate together: the collective consciousness raises, and it acts like the ‘rising tide that raises all boats.’ The peace that is created actually becomes palpable, which is a special, collective experience and accomplishment. 3. There is great power in numbers World Cultural Festival, New Delhi, India Talking about the power of group meditation, best-selling author, Dr. Deepka Chopra has written, “In every wisdom tradition, meditation hasn’t been just a way to seek inner knowledge. It has the potential to transform the world. Research on the power of group meditation has been ongoing for several decades, and the results seem to validate what the ancient sages said.” These studies have shown extremely positive social, political and economic results correlated to synchronized group meditations. “When thousands of people come together with the single intention of creating a more peaceful planet, it is certain to manifest”, says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a global spiritual icon and meditation expert who has lead many such meditations in large groups world over. In 2012, he had led a group of 100,000 in Buenos Areas in South America and later in 2016, 3.5 million people at the World Cultural Festival in New Delhi, India for world peace. An experiment conducted during the Lebanon war in the 1980s showed that when 1,000 people in Jerusalem meditated on world peace, war deaths in Lebanon went down by over 75%. Not only did war deaths go down, but crime and other destructive happenings also went down on the days the group meditated. There are many such experiments and given such huge positive social changes brought about by group meditation, it is very much possible that large meditation gatherings will become very popular very soon, just as meditation has become mainstream. Experience the peace synchrony your self I meditate in small and big groups on a regular basis. The group practice feels deeper, tapping into a more profound silence than what I experience when I meditate on my own. I also had an opportunity to meditate for global peace at the World Cultural Festival which Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had led. The experience was magical, the resultant peaceful energy was so evident and the silence experienced was way much deeper than any regular group meditations. I would recommend all peace warriors to grab any such opportunities that come your way, not only you will personally benefit but you will also help manifest the common intent of the group! When I was in my twenties, I read a book about Peace Pilgrim, who traveled across America spreading her message, “This is the way of peace:  Overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” Events like the World Cultural Festival, America Meditates or any such massive peace meditations can bond people together and inspire us to enliven and promote this beautiful message. The encouraging part is entry to all such huge events is generally free! The non-believer may say that the concept of world-peace is unreal, but scientists say it is possible with the power of collective consciousness! Let us use that power and make the voice of PEACE louder and fill this planet with more love and harmony!
23 May 19
Letters from Seminary

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately about my arrival at Virginia Theological Seminary, those first few rocky months, and all that has taken place since. I remember going to chapel during the first few weeks of school. The space felt bland. Morning prayer felt unfamiliar. The congregation felt like strangers, the congregation was made up […]

23 May 19
Bracing Views

W.J. Astore How far we’ve come as a country.  Consider the following proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower for Memorial Day in 1955: “Whereas Memorial Day each year serves as a solemn reminder of the scourge of war and its bitter aftermath of sorrow; and Whereas this day has traditionally been devoted to paying homage […]

23 May 19
Chhaya Shinde

Everyone born in this world get desire to stay happy and healthy in life. What is being happy in life? Is it the only state of mind or the inner feeling one get while handling the daily chores and responsibilities? Well today’s world is world full of competition. Everyone is trying to prove ; how […]

23 May 19
Hawkins Bay Dispatch

23 May 2019 | Ben Beaumont-Thomas  | The Guardian Spillers Records, the world’s oldest record shop, has banned Morrissey albums from sale. The shop in Cardiff made the decision due to Morrissey’s support for the far-right political party For Britain, including wearing a badge with the party’s logo when performing on a US talk show this month. […]

23 May 19
Bon Bon Lifestyle Webazine

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; The geopolitical chessboard is back. Following a post-1989 interlude in which the direction of history seemed to tilt toward a peaceful liberal international order, we now witness mounting great-power competition, quests for hegemony, and quasi-imperial expansion. Russia is […]

23 May 19
My Portfolio

Patriotism does have significance and value in society today. But are we getting carried away by it? And should we be worried? Patriotism comes in a few different flavors. The mild classic variety blends imagery and sounds to induce goosebumps and other feel good effects. The flag fluttering gently in the morning breeze.  Bhimsen Joshi […]

23 May 19

Writing with Wendy

Thursday, October 30, 2011 – I presented my first audio project, Fiddlesticks: Nature and Nonsense, to my Business Master Mind group for peer feedback. Scripted in the format of a children’s radio hour, the CD presents three short meditative stories I had written about walking and nature. I recorded my telling of the stories in […]

23 May 19
de Diego & Asociados. Abogados.

The anachronism of our legal system has been reinforced by regressive bills that make legislation go back to basics, although there have been some partial reforms that were partly done with good intentions. Published in El Cronista on May 21, 2019 Unfortunately, most partial reforms were inspired by ideological prejudices, and a large number of […]

23 May 19
Sally Harrison Art

Overall trend board Planet or Plastic There is no focus on specific colour ratios in this board. It is a gathering and demonstration of all of the colours presented for us when further developing this theme. Natural objects, damaged and plastic trash items with subtle and gentle aspects have been selected – this theme is […]

23 May 19
[DOOR FLIES OPEN]

Hello all – after almost six months away, the CFL Beat makes its glorious return this week! I’m looking forward to another year of covering the ridiculous sport of Canadian football for all of you; the season kicks off earlier than ever this year, with Week 1 games starting on Thursday, June 13th. Without further […]