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Should You Meditate?

Should you meditate? Yes, I say, it could save the world. Does this sound over blown,  like I’ve been ‘smoking something’?

I recently completed “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain And Body” by Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davis and the authors, who are researchers concluded that yes, meditation could change the world if enough people participated in it.

I include a quote from the last section …

“What if, by transforming our minds, we could improve not only our own health and well-being but also those of our communities and the wider world?” …

So, what if?

We envision a world where widespread mental fitness deeply alters society for the better. We hope the scientific case we make here shows the enormous potential for enduring well-being from caring for our minds and brains, and convices you that a litte daily mental exercise can go a long way toward the cultivation of that well-being.

Such signs of flourishing include increasing generosity, kindness and focus, and a less rigid division between “us” and “them”. In light of increases in empathy and perspective taking from various kinds of meditation, we think it likely that these practices will produce a greater sense of our interdependence on one another and with the planet.

When nutured on a grand scale, these qualities – particularly kindness and compassion – would inevitably lead to changes for the better in our communities, and our societies. These positive altered traits have the potential for transforming our world in ways that will enhance not only our individual thriving but also the odds for our species’ survival.

Now, off to meditate, have a fabulous day my friends, may you be filled with loving kindness, may you be well, may you be peaceful and at ease, may you be happy  …


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