If we look throughout history, every generation before us thought the world was going to hell in a hand basket. And yet, here we are. Our lives continue to evolve and the most important things like love, purpose and the ability to move forward still remain. Sometimes our narrow view of what’s happening in the world can cause us to believe that it is the only
thing happening in the world, which is absolutely untrue. Where there is dark, there is light. Where there is injustice, there are those fighting against it. Where there is confusion, there is an opportunity for clarity and insight into how we can evolve as a society.
When we meditate we give ourselves a chance to see society's problems on a much larger scale, our personal view gets a wider perspective, and we become equipped with a lens that sees all possible outcomes rather than just focusing on the current state of affairs. This perspective allows us to take some things with a grain of salt, and at times, that is the most helpful thing we can experience to ensure we stay positive on this journey. So is this just coping with the problem rather than dealing with it?
Quite the opposite. Meditation is a lot of things, but it is not an avenue that allows us to ignore what's in front of us. Nor is it a practice that keeps us from acknowledging and dealing with life or its problems as they are. When we meditate consistently, we gradually become more present and aware of the world we're living in. We’re able to more easily parse out the necessary from the nonsense. Being present and aware we will feel more and see more of what's really going on, and can then become the change makers to fix the ills that disrupt our world. Even more, it allows us to achieve these changes without sacrificing our own peace, damaging our emotional well-being, or affecting our physical health from the negative impacts of stress. We are no Mother Teresa, but we do agree with her sentiment:
“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”