This is very important since on the 21st my husband and I will be in a part of the world that is very explosive. Our stay will only last seven days. Last time I was there, I had real hard time getting into my meditation and kept on registering the loud chaotic thoughts of the crowded city. The whole area felt like surrounded by a dense ring of negativity.

Would really appreciate any help and suggestions.

Thank you, namaste

asked 05 Oct '10, 14:14

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Contemplate Beauty.

Victor Frankl's book, Man's Search for Meaning comes to mind. It is a chronicle about how one person dealt psychologically with the experience of being in a concentraction camp during World War II.

A quote from the Wikipedia article seems especially relevant here:

... We stumbled on in the darkness, over big stones and through large puddles, along the one road leading from the camp. The accompanying guards kept shouting at us and driving us with the butts of their rifles. Anyone with very sore feet supported himself on his neighbor's arm. Hardly a word was spoken; the icy wind did not encourage talk. Hiding his mouth behind his upturned collar, the man marching next to me whispered suddenly: "If our wives could see us now! I do hope they are better off in their camps and don't know what is happening to us." That brought thoughts of my own wife to mind. And as we stumbled on for miles, slipping on icy spots, supporting each other time and again, dragging one another up and onward, nothing was said, but we both knew: each of us was thinking of his wife. Occasionally I looked at the sky, where the stars were fading and the pink light of the morning was beginning to spread behind a dark bank of clouds. But my mind clung to my wife's image, imagining it with an uncanny acuteness. I heard her answering me, saw her smile, her frank and encouraging look. Real or not, her look was then more luminous than the sun which was beginning to rise.

A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth -- that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way – an honorable way – in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment. For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words, "The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory...."


answered 05 Oct '10, 14:24

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edited 05 Oct '10, 14:29

That was beautiful! I guess I am a bit afraid of leaving the little ones behind and thus am uncentered. Thank you for reminding me of the greatest secret: L O V E thanks and blessings dear one, I love you

(05 Oct '10, 14:40) daniele

What a truly, beautiful,inspiring excerpt - It's one of those that certainly makes me stop and realize how blessed I am, and that Love does indeed have the power to overcome any adversity in life. Thank you for sharing:)

(05 Oct '10, 16:12) Michaela
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