07 August 2006

Monday's mp3: Meditations for Global Peace

In what has become an annual tradition here in the capitol of Washington State, people have been gathering for a 24-hour meditation for global peace. Sponsored by local interfaith group Interfaith Works, the meditation is notable for its non-political basis, its actual peacefulness (no shouting across police lines), and its prominent location on the grounds of the state capitol.

The meditation began Sunday at noon, and continues through noon today. Your humble SoundRoots host dropped by the meditation this morning to think thoughts of peace, and was greeted with a smile and a flyer that included a quote about peace for each hour. I got a meaty thought in the hour I arrived:

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
--Lao Tzu

Ponder that for a while, and you may find yourself wondering how many of the world's political officials, religious leaders, and media pundits truly have "peace in the heart." And whether they might want to start there, instead of using their power and influence to bomb, invade, threaten, insult, or pressure others into doing what they want.

I'm not a great sitting meditator; I'd rather be moving, doing. But sitting or moving, I always try to be self-aware and conscious of my own motivation, and my impact on others. It's not just coincidence that the great religions of the world all have something akin to my tradition's Golden Rule: Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself.

That's enough to think upon; now the music.

[mp3] Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery: "Sakyamuni Mantra"
more from the monastery at www.ratanagiri.org.uk

[mp3] Unni Lovlid: "Vita"
(Lovlid was featured previously on SoundRoots)
from the album Vita (buy at CDRoots)
www.unni.no

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