Time for my 10pm meditation. Feeling much better now – the power of Vitamin C and diligent rest. I hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend!
Starting to feel better – the magic healing power of sleep . Will meditate on how important good health is. #meditation
I’m barely awake, does it count as meditating if you’re not really awake anyway? I think so. Ohhmmmmm.
Wow, nose running, fever, this cold thing is escalating. I’ll #meditate on resting, relaxing, and thoughts of chicken soup .
Wow, meditation time already; I just woke up. My schedule is definitely night-owl right now. Will #meditate on the nature of #forgiveness
Starting on my 10pm meditation. Will focus on gratitude for all the many blessings I have in life. Join me virtually!
Coming up on my 10pm mediation. I’m working on transcribing my interview with amazing photography Ellen Carey. It’s quite inspirational to ponder her words & thoughts. She pushes the envelope and encourages us all to do the same.
Heading into my 10pm meditation. Julie is feeling better, Bob is out playing darts, and the house is serene. Appreciating life. Please join me – it’s only ten minutes!
Day 18 – Forgiveness and The World
Another case where this book becomes wildly vague and expansive in its categories. “The World”? The examples given are politicians and religious groups. The aim is to ponder how we sometimes malign entire groups of people, and why.
I try not to do this. I realize in every group that can traditionally be maligned – politicians, lawyers, used car dealers – that there are people who are honest and good. It’s unfair to harm them, even just through constant teasing, about something they care about. I wouldn’t want someone continually teasing me about being a writer.
I feel a twinge of sadness when I see generally disparaging posts about “all religious people are XXXX” or so on. People have different opinions and that’s OK. If a group acts in a way which infringes on another group’s rights, then legal action can be taken to create the proper boundaries. But being nasty about them personally doesn’t seem to be constructive. They might feel the way they do because they were brainwashed for their entire life by their family and community. That’s hard to undo.
If anything I would feel sympathy that they live in a state of unhappiness and hate. I’d hope that they can find their way out of it. Spending so much energy on fostering hate would, I would think, also fill one’s own body with stress hormones. So it’s not good for others and it’s not good for the source person either.
My aim in these cases would be to look at the person / group’s actions and be able to first say “I disagree with the action”. Then it’s a question of whether I feel their action is harming others or not. If it isn’t, I need to let them hold their own opinion and be at peace with that . If I do feel their action is harming others – for example if I feel they’re infringing on others’ rights – then I should take some action. I would feel, if I just ranted about it and spread stress around, that I’d damage my own health, I’d damage others’ health, and I wouldn’t be doing much good about the issue I cared about.
So those were my ponderings on “The World” .