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Discovering Peace Guided Meditation Podcast

October 15, 2008

The idea for our latest podcast episode, Discovering Peace, came out of a discussion with our local meditation group. People were feeling agitated about the election and felt they were losing their center. One person said “I want to be able to rise above this and find peace”. Ultimately, a guided meditation much like the one we just published came out of our discussion, but first we talked about the idea of “rising above” something.

Many of us are being affected now with the turmoil in the economy and a heated election going on. In the midst of all of this we long for a sense of peace. Often people envision that as arriving at a place that’s not only peaceful but completely removed from the difficult feelings. That’s what “rising above” sounds like to me. While we can find moments of time in which there is only peace, this isn’t always possible, and, when we try to get away from the fray, that creates a conflict in and of itself. What’s more realistic and achieveable is to find the peace within that’s there even in the midst of conflict and struggle.

In many ways this new guided meditation is like the Beyond Pain meditation. Even though pain may not go away, we can still find a sense of peace with it. It has to do with stopping fighting what’s bothering us and relaxing into the difficult feelings. Even more important it has to do with discovering that peace is always with us — in the breath, in the silence of our own awareness.

Just yesterday I was out walking with lots on my mind. Thanks to all the years of meditation, or simply thanks to grace, I recognized a sense of peace that seemed to be there in the air around me — in the blue sky, the sounds of birds, colors of flowers. It was even there in the sounds of the traffic. At that moment, I could see that life could seem really, really difficult if I focused solely on the challenges in my life, but much more simple and sweet if I also acknowledged that peace. Sometimes I do that, and sometimes I don’t. And part of the process of growth on the spiritual path is letting that be OK too.

What about you? How do you find peace in your life?

Comments

4 Responses to “Discovering Peace Guided Meditation Podcast”

  1. Mark on November 12th, 2008 5:04 pm

    I find that thoughts about politics are the most intrusive and distracting of all the random thoughts that go through my head. I also have noticed that those thoughts can very easily lead me to becoming angry.

    Fortunately, by being mindful I have become aware of those thoughts and their effects and I can shift my focus to things around and within me and be free of them.

    Of course I am very pleased by the results of the election and I have had the great privilege of voting for Barack Obama in every single election he has run in. And it’s neat to know that he lives less than half a mile from me.

  2. Mary on November 13th, 2008 10:18 am

    Thanks for adding your comment, Mark.

    We have a different approach to thoughts and emotions in meditation, and that is to simply allow them to be without trying to manipulate or change them. There are so many approaches to meditation. Ours is one that has to do with discovering peace in the midst of whatever thoughts and emotions naturally arise.

  3. Ad_astra on November 14th, 2008 12:08 am

    Thank you a lot for this one! Not only economical and political worries can be soothed by this meditation, but also I could overcome many family conflicts that sometimes can grow and blindfold the participants, not letting them focus on something more important. I practiced this meditation for a few times, and I could manage to pay less attention to all that, so now it’s getting a lot better.

    Best regards from Russia :)

  4. Mary on November 14th, 2008 9:57 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience with this meditation, Ad-astra. It’s great to hear how the practice of the meditation carried over in you life. You describe it so well.

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