Meditation in Vihara Maha Devi Amphitheatre
My friend Ragi Kadirgamar had this idea for a meditation for peaceful elections. Sarvodaya helped implement it today, led by Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, one of the sweetest and most accomplished men in Sri Lanka. I try to meditate a few times a week but I still find it difficult to sit for that long. In this group, outside it was OK. Ragi an Dr. Ari are of the belief that group meditation directly changes the energy in a place. I don’t know, but I just know that it changes the energy in me. I was much less angry in traffic, for example. The election is getting quite a bit rough, but I still hope it will turn out OK. Meditation may seem like nothing, but it also led the Buddha to ultimate truth, so I think it does do something.
Meditation is a good practice for anyone of any faith, any time. A lot of research has shown that it decreases stress. For me, it’s the one thing that works against occasional depression and taking myself too seriously. This meditation, however, has a different aim of hopefully chilling the country out a bit at this tense time. The full guidelines are here. It continues till the 29th.