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Guided Insight Meditation For Responding To Social Unrest

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Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.” – Marianne Williamson

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Last year, on December 5th, a young man was shot and killed by a police officer at the Hollywood & Highland intersection, right around the corner from my Los Angeles apartment. This happened in a flurry of news stories of other cases of US police using deadly force. With the news came several disturbing photographs, including a photo of two police officers pointing their guns down at the man’s dying body sprawled out on the Walk of Fame.

I experienced a powerful wave of complicated emotional response. Images of riots, tear gas, guns & ambulances flashed through my mind. It was overwhelming.  I felt my heart cave in. I immediately fell to my knees in prayer, tears streaming down my face. This is bigger than gun laws and law enforcement, bigger than Hollywood, bigger than racism. When things like this are happening, it is an indication of something nefarious about the world we are living in, about the health of our culture, and about the future of the reality we are creating together.

“We are not speaking here of life after death in some mythical heaven, but life more abundant in real time in history. We are speaking of the next stage of our social evolution.” – Barbara Marx Hubbard

Earlier this week, a similar incident took place. Yet another young man was shot and killed by a police officer –this time, in Venice, right around the corner from Full Circle Venice, a very cool local community center. I’ve been facilitating meditation classes there regularly since they opened a year ago and have developed a deep fondness, love, and appreciation for the community and culture of Venice Beach. The young man killed this week was named Brendon Glenn, and he was a part of that community. Andrew Keegan, founder of Full Circle Venice, participated in vigils, protests and community meetings regarding the shooting. This week, Venice has been distraught and restless.

evolvegif-jensodiniThis time, I am experiencing a different kind of emotional response. Yes, I’m feeling a familiar combination of heartbreak and disappointment, anger and frustration; but this time the context is much greater.  This is not only a redux of something tragic that seems to keep happening, but it seems to keep happening here. This triggered a sense of increased urgency & responsibility, a tone of heaviness & importance. The only way this can create something positive is if it impacts and inspires us – we have to choose to allow it to.

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“It’s no longer enough to be a decent person. It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself.” – Joss Whedon

I will allow this to impact me. I am allowing this to inspire me to take action, to change. I will stand up and take my life more seriously. I will interact more intentionally with society. I will participate in the greater narrative moving history. I will pay attention. I will find a way to contribute. This time, I will do more than pray and hope for the best.

Will you join me? Will you allow this to impact you, too? Will you also interact with this world, stand up and take life seriously? Will you participate? Will you pay attention and find a way to actually contribute? Will you do more than just pray and hope for the best?

We co-create this reality that we experience together, and we can only create change together. The world does not need to be how it has been all along. We have the power to change everything, and we all have a role to play. Our purpose in life is highly individualized (to say the least) but no one is left out of this conversation.  Don’t feel small. Don’t feel insignificant. Absolutely every individual alive today has the power to impact the future forever. Don’t waste time holding back or hesitating. The world is transforming, and not only do we have front row seats, we get to participate and co-create what the world will become after we transform.

I’ve designed a meditation (see video below) to help facilitate the conditions for insight. This can be for anything, but was created with the idea of aligning with a greater purpose, perceiving a bigger context, and living a more meaningful life.

This meditation is self-guided and self-directed – great for all experience levels. Any meditation is what you make of it. The deeper you allow yourself to go, the deeper you will go. Surrender to the experience. After the meditation, journal any insight.

***Transcription of the meditation available below the video, at the end of the article.***

Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Take this moment in. Don’t rush it. Allow your thoughts to pass through your mind – don’t judge them, and don’t engage them. Just let the thoughts play themselves out, and continue your controlled, deep breaths. 

Breathing deeply dilutes stress hormones that could be coursing through our veins. Alert stillness is a beautiful, important aspect of meditation. Any energy that would be dissipated by fidgeting is conserved in the stillness.

Allow yourself to relax, letting go of your mental to-do list, bringing all of your awareness within.

With a deep breath, allow mature solemnity and innocent sincerity to wash over your heart and mind. Dedicate this moment to all that is Living, Loving, Good, Beautiful and True in the universe.

Take a few deep breaths.

Allow that conserved energy to flow naturally through your body to where it is needed most.

Give a few more moments to breath and stillness.

Contemplation is fertile soil for insight. Contemplation helps us understand, and understanding helps us become. Contemplate your greatest expression, your best self.

Contemplate compassion.

Contemplate forgiveness.

Contemplate confidence and strength.

Contemplate growth, progress, evolution.

Contemplate faith.

Contemplate logic and creativity.

Contemplate health and healing.

Contemplate grace and honesty.

Contemplate balanced relationships.

Contemplate opportunities to interact with the world in a more meaningful way.

Contemplate intuition and synchronicity.

Contemplate wisdom.

Contemplate transformation.

All this and more. Receive it now.

Continue your deep breaths.

Give a few more moments to breath, and to stillness, allowing insight to flow through.

When you’re ready, open your eyes, check back in with your body, and begin the transition back to your day.

As we move forward down the individual paths appointed to us, we do so transformed, revitalized, and ready for anything.

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Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It

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  • The Facts:

    Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.

  • Reflect On:

    How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?

I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.

When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.

In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.

This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!

Hope you enjoy the conversation and make sure to share it to inspire others!

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Ben Lee’s Website: www.ben-lee.com
Josh Radnor’s Museletters: joshradnor.instapage.com
Like Radnor & Lee on Facebook: fb.com/radnorandlee
Listen to Radnor & Lee on Itunes and Spotify

 

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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

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Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.

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