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Re: theos-talk Meditation for Building Peace in the Middle East.

Nov 23, 2012 04:37 AM
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Was this developed by you or has it been described in any book or other


On Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 1:27 AM, Mike Hughes <> wrote:

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> The following meditation should be made regardless of short term events.
> It aims at sowing for the future. It can be practiced individually or
> collectively. It is a good idea to make it happen in community
> associations. It is of course better to meditate in a place where there is
> silence, and clean air. While its regular practice produces better effects
> than doing it just once, it is truly beneficial even as an isolated event.
> Building Peace in the Middle East
> 1) Sit in an upright posture.
> 2) Adopt a calmer and deeper breathing. Leave aside any thoughts about
> short term matters.
> 3) Relax feet, then legs, hands, arms. Relax the muscles of your face.
> Feel the contrast between the freed muscles and the firm vertebral column.
> This is an image of how we must face life: being firm in that which is
> essential, and flexible in matters of secondary importance.
> 4) Slowly think of the suffering of the Jewish and Muslim nations in the
> last few millennia. Calculate the present levels of pain, from various
> causes, in the different communities of the Middle East and in every Muslim
> and Jewish individual and community around the world. Look at your own
> suffering: even hopes and aspirations are often forms of pain. Reflect upon
> the fact that it is possible to change afflictions into wisdom, and hatred
> into respect and appreciation of other people's lives. Remember that no
> attachment to suffering, or hatred, or fear, is necessary. Calmly consider
> the task now waiting for human beings: to learn in one's own soul the art
> of living with impersonal altruism and respect for all. This task slowly
> produces an enduring happiness.
> 5) Visualize humans in every part of the world consciously learning
> lessons from the obstacles they face, and from each other. See wisdom and
> solidarity permeating relations between Muslims and Jews and among all
> nations in each continent. Imagine humanity awakening now to the unlimited
> power of mutual help. Keep before your mind's eye, for an instant, the
> image of Jewish and Muslim nations practicing mutual help and unconditional
> respect for the lives of all beings. See every individual as part of a
> global civilization based on the principles of self-responsibility and
> mutual help.
> 6) See the radio, television, paper media and Internet websites actively
> promoting peaceful community goals in the Middle East and around the world.
> Take a calm look at the present civilization, as it builds solidarity
> mechanisms in the vast, inspiring world of your own creative mind.
> Strengthen your personal commitment with this vision. The world of
> Muslim-Jewish relationships is the Pascal's circle, whose center is
> everywhere; and you are certainly no exception. You are its centre, too.
> 7) Visualize for a few moments sincere public leaders in the Middle East
> promoting and sharing the process of Jewish-Muslim awakening to true
> friendship and long-term cooperation. Remember this old axiom, that "there
> must be more merit in attaining a goal which is difficult, as long as it is
> noble".
> Imagine your local community and country as lands of universal peace. See
> them as ready to a new era of unconditional fraternity. Keep this image
> with yourself. Preserve it in your mind and heart.
> Every new phase in mankind's evolution needs its own pioneers. If you can
> realize you are co-responsible for the collective awakening, consider
> taking the necessary steps for these visions and glimpses of the future to
> remain strong and to gradually expand their influence.
> One of the best ways to develop your power of good-will is by helping
> accelerate the on-going, largely unconscious dawning of the next
> civilization of universal brotherhood.

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