For many of us, war and mindless violence are a distant news item. But even for those of us who are comfortably ensconed in our urban or suburban middle class lives, it’s much closer than we think, and it’s been getting closer over the years. Among others, Mumbai residents are becoming painfully aware of this fact.
New York City was 6 hours away from where I lived on 9/11. The recent killings of soldiers in Fort Hood happened 2 hours north of where I live now. The Mumbai terror attacks happened an hour south of where my dad and sister live. The plane that crashed into the Echelon building in Austin last week was less than 2 miles away from my home.
And the underlying cause of last week’s incident? If the reported suicide note is to be believed, Joseph Stack was stressed. Very, very stressed. And he had no idea how to deal with it. He thought violence was the answer.
There’s no better time than the present to begin living peace and spreading peace — and peace begins at the individual level, not at the political or national.
Meditate. Practice Sudarshan Kriya. Do random acts of kindness. Smile.
Every little bit we do makes a difference, far more than we realize.
If you’re already doing these things, take every opportunity you can, tell everyone you know about the Art of Living, about Sudarshan Kriya, about meditation. You have no idea what changes you are helping to bring about, and for how many people…