Change the World…Smile

in: Dharma Topics
Discussion Date: Thu, Apr 25, 2019

We live in a time where frightening political and global events seem available around the clock, and the suffering caused by these events, directly or indirectly, can easily overtake our mental and emotional states. I often feel overwhelmed by news of terrorist attacks, shootings, weather-related disasters, the consequences of climate change, political upheavals home and abroad, and many other events too numerous to mention. Oftentimes, the overwhelmed feeling is eventually replaced with a sense of powerlessness, apathy, contempt, or disgust, and I seem to internalize these as a general feeling of antipathy toward the world and my ability to have any impact on it. In fact, my general approach to contributing toward “changing the world” has been limited to a few local volunteer activities, a regular meditation practice, being a... Continued

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