If you want a better world, a better year and, importantly, a better life for yourself, you don’t necessarily have to take to the streets brandishing banners and posting on social media. Though sometimes demonstrating is the only answer. The truth is, you may be more effective sitting at home in silence.
Studies show that people meditating together bring harmony to their communities and measurably decrease crime rates. It’s called the “Maharishi Effect,” named after Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation movement. Between 1967 and 1972 American psychologists, Candace Borland and Garland Landrith, measured many variables across eleven cities where at least one percent of the population meditated regularly and compared it to eleven cities where no known meditators lived.
They found that levels of crime decreased by 8,2 percent a year in meditative cities compared to an increase of 8,3 percent in non-meditative cities.
These results inspired other researchers to investigate. Sixteen universities and research institutes conducted similar studies and found similar conclusions. Shared meditation leads to the following,
Should we believe these results and can we trust them?
We can’t not trust them. Our world needs help and this is fantastic news for humanity and can have a positive impact on our world and our future. We are not powerless. In fact we have more power than we ever thought.
Dutch meditation teacher, Tjin Touber, who has been teaching meditation for more than thirty years to children, judges, addicts, officers and prisoners, has found that the following four regular practices allow the system to become quiet, serene, almost transparent and will increase harmony in communities,
I’ve been doing a lot of my own self-study as I work on The Great Way series of spiritual adventure fiction. The stories are epic, but at their heart they are quiet and inward looking. I’m learning so much from the writing process. Found and Lost, Book 1 of the Great Way series, will be on shelves soon, and I can’t wait for you to read it.
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