Research has shown that in as little as eight weeks of regular meditation can lead to measurable changes in the brain, especially in the ‘feel-good’ part. When that part of the brain is activated there arises a natural desire to purposefully develop qualities such as kindness, compassion and a desire to serve.
The qualities of kindness and compassion cannot come from outside of ourselves, it will only arise if it part of who we are. As one of my favorite teachers, Ram Dass, put it:
“You can’t offer love until you have love in your heart. You can’t share the way to peace until you are peaceful, nor can you share serenity when you’re not serene. When you have these, you will have the greatest gifts of all.”
Millika Chopra, author and founder of intent.com, held a public guided meditation last month on June 25th, in San Francisco, and during the group meditation, Millika, asked those meditating to contemplate how they could serve the world. Here are her thoughts as she shared them in her post, “What is your intent to serve others?”
“…I asked the participants to contemplate in silence how they can serve the world. I believe this is an important question that we need to ask ourselves every single day.
This is not an easy question to answer and there are no right answers. Serving others requires us to get out of our comfort zones. Serving others requires us to stop living life on auto-pilot and to consciously challenge ourselves to grow into a stronger, more loving and more courageous person. The fate of our world depends on all of us waking up to the greater reality of interconnection and helping others.
I am inspired that so many people consciously chose to meditate in peace and practice yoga in the middle of a busy weekend in San Francisco when they could have been doing so many other things. We need more group meditations for peace. We need more public parades celebrating the diversity of our human brothers and sisters of all colors, religions and sexual orientations. We need more people asking themselves what collective intent for the greater good they are willing to help manifest to bring greater change in this world.
No matter who you are and where you come from, you can be the person organizing the next event or movement in your community that inspires people to bring more peace into this world.
And so I challenge all of you to take the time today — and for the rest of your days — to truly contemplate what your intent for the greater good is. And then see what you can do to help actualize this goal. It can be as small as starting a blog expressing your authentic voice, creating a meet-up group in your neighborhood or organizing a weekly group meditation among your family and friends.
Give other people a venue, a forum, a space — whether online or in the real world — to do good and spread peace. You just may be surprised by how many people show up, eager to join your cause. Your courage just may be what others need to actualize their own collective intent to bring more goodness in this world.” Click here to visit the original source of this post.
I can remember a quote from Bishop Tutu that expressed a similar challenge and desire to Millika’s when he said, “Please make it fashionable to be compassionate.” Through meditation we begin to naturally foster within ourselves the qualities of acceptance, generosity, kindness and compassion, these are the foundational or ground state qualities of the Universe that naturally arise in us as we slip in to the silence.
Seren-i-Tea in the Square Guided Meditation By Malika Chopra, Founder Of Intent.com
A guided meditation lead by Mallika Chopra, founder of Intent.com, at Seren-i-Tea In The Square, a public flash yoga and meditation event at Union Square, San Francisco on June 25, 2011. Presented by Sokenbicha.com and Intent.com.