Posted by: Upāsaka | 11/29/2016

Happy Uposatha – The Shining Ones

I’ll be the first to admit that my perception of the world has darkened considerably since the day 61 million of my countrymen voted for Donald Trump. Already imperiled, I fear now that the earth and humanity have both missed their chance to avoid the great culling. Total extinction may not be on the menu but it will be pretty darn close.

But, how does one go on with these environmental, political and humanitarian atrocities always at the forefront of one’s mind? The darkness and negativity is palpable and I realize that I need to brighten the mind, to see the other side so as not to be dragged down myself. Luckily, I ran into a guided meditation by Ajahn Achalo some time ago that addresses the violence, destruction and the apparent victory of the forces of darkness. He presents a version of devanusati to be used to brighten the mind and remind us that there are beings who care, who are good and who want the best for all beings even in a world dominated by Mara.

At present I’ve only found it on the insight timer app but if I can locate it on YouTube I’ll post it. It’s rather long but, for me, it has been just what I needed to carry on. Sukhita hontu!

Post Scriptum:

Please find the meditation at the link here: http://www.peacebeyondsuffering.org/new-meditations.html


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