Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Meditation Used for Social Activism?

It is really quite a peculiar idea. How can something so peaceful and silent be done amidst the hustle and bustle of a big city? Some may say that it's probably harder to meditate in public than it is in private. But in reality, it's quite easy. In fact, some of the best meditations I've ever had have been in the middle of lots of noisy, restless people. What better way to make an impact and be the change you wish to see?

The best story I heard was from Francisco Ramos Stierle, he was meditating in protest of the deforestation of part of is university campus, and he got arrested and charged with "disturbing the peace." You can read the whole article here.

Another, less conflicting example of using meditation as a tool for social activism, is the Interdependence Project. Known as the "ID project" they are a group out of New York that incorporates meditation workshops with eco-activism and community service in the East village area. You can watch a video about their latest event: About 30 New Yorkers gathered to meditate, create art, and raise awareness about plastic bag initiative.

There are many wonderful groups just like this springing up all over the place. If there isn't one around you, maybe you're the one to start one up!

Love and light,
-Alex

2 comments:

Isha System said...

Interesting concept. I wonder if you have heard of Isha? She is about to visit the US for the first time to speak about her new book, "Why Walk When You Can Fly?" Should be of interest to you...

Sebastian Gronbach said...

Yes, Brother in silence...

We dont talk about peace. We represent peace.

At the 21. Sept. in Berlin. In front of the Reichstag.

IOWA - BERLIN
We do IT. We show IT. Its revolution!

Sebastian Gronbach
http://oekomed.blogspot.com