Changing the World
While Accepting All That Is
An Experiential Workshop
Sun. 11/22/14, 1-5 PM
Deep meditation practice opens us to experience a radical acceptance of both light and dark, moving us beyond a judgmental mindset and towards inner peace in the face of whatever arises in life.
Political action involves an urge and commitment to change the world, to heal or repair social systems that cause suffering and pain for humans and other life on earth.
This workshop will offer specific teachings and practices for a way of integrating the spiritual and political.
Alan Levin has been a teacher of transformative meditation for over 35 years and has practiced forms of shamanic ritual and divination for much of that time. He was active in the 60’s radical movement before his involvement in spiritual disciplines and has devoted his attention for decades to the integration of the spiritual and the political. He is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in Nyack.
For a more detailed description of this workshop, see“Meditation with the World in Mind”.
Some food for thought:
In this world
Hate never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law,
Ancient and inexhaustible.
-from the Dhammapada sayings of the Buddha
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty
as cooperation with the good.
Compassion is what makes our lives meaningful.
It is the source of all lasting happiness and joy.
And it is the foundation of a good heart,
the heart of one who acts out of a desire to help others.
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
To attain peace among the nations in any dynamic or enduring form requires not simply political negotiation but a new mode of consciousness
Life is available only in the present moment.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
The future is an infinite succession of presents,
and to live now as we think human beings should live,
in defiance of all that is bad around us,
is itself a marvelous victory.”
– Howard Zinn
“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all living things.”