Adventure in Paradise and the Power of Peaceful Activism

I enjoyed listening to this song by Michael Bernard Beckwith as I find it upbeat and uplifting. His song title “Adventure in Paradise” reminds me of Jesus’ words to the thief on the cross “Today, you shall be with me in paradise”, and I thought he could very well mean in the spiritual sense that he shall be with Jesus in higher consciousness, knowing and experiencing oneness with God/Highest Self/Divine Love.

Someone said that activism must come from the place of peace, and I wholeheartedly agree. It reminds me of the documentary “What the bleep do we know?” which I watched in recent years. It noted how mass meditation was scientifically proven to have reduced crime in Washington DC. Similarly, this article says “remarkable findings show that large groups of peace-creating meditation experts decrease international conflicts, including deaths and injuries due to terrorism. The study reports that group practice of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhi program by 7,000 people decreases terrorism and international conflicts worldwide.” Yes, I am coming to realise more and more that meditation, though it may seem to be doing nothing on the surface, is far more powerful than once thought, in terms of bringing about lasting peace and true transformation in the face of the reality of pain, violence and suffering in the world.

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