Beauty Born from Emptiness

What do people do when they need to build a house? They buy land and cut down all the plants that are on their way to make an empty space. What do I do when I start cooking? I clean everything off the kitchen table to make space for cutting boards and veggies. What do you do when you want to fall in love? You empty your heart from the previous lover to open it to a new experience. Continue reading “Beauty Born from Emptiness”

How to Make the Most Out of Your Day

Don’t you just love those days when you feel like you have grown wings and you are hopping around between different tasks, having perfect concentration and completing everything in no time? And you don’t just stop when you get off from work, but continue finishing the month’s long To Do list of your household chores, doing exercise and being excited and happy?

How can you make each day of your life be this lively and energetic? Continue reading “How to Make the Most Out of Your Day”

Meditation For Conflict Transformation

When you first hear about it you will say – how is meditation related to conflicts? If conflicts already exist, they need to be resolved, nothing will progress if we all sit down and close our eyes. But sometimes even 15 minutes with our eyes closed can make a huge difference. Below are two ways in which meditation can help in conflict transformation.

Meditation can prevent conflictsconflict triangle

If you look at the conflict triangle by Johan Galtung, you will see that conflicts do not appear out of nowhere. Special conditions should be developed for the conflict behavior to appear – cultural and structural.  And once the actual conflict (direct violence) is the obvious top of the iceberg, the cultural attitudes and the political problems are the hidden conditions that lead up to it. In a conflict, the violent behavior we see has its roots in people’s attitudes and the political-economic context. By changing our behaviors and attitudes, we can prevent conflicts, and meditation is one of the tools for conflict transformation and prevention. It raises awareness in society on how we function as a whole, and decreases the fear, which is the main cause of many unpredictable actions. Meditation creates harmony inside a person, which is later translated into outer harmony with the community, the nature and the world, and this automatically eliminates cultural and political conditions that create conflicts.

Meditation can help find solutions for difficult issues and conflicts

If solving a conflict takes a lot of time, say there is a divorce case in court that has been in for 2 years already, meditation can be a part of the solution. If both sides started to meditate, they could develop better understanding of themselves and others, better concentration and would be able to find a compromise solution that would satisfy both. Moreover, meditation makes you more peaceful and cooperative, and you no longer feel like protecting yourself by hurting others, vice versa, you feel like sharing with others for the better common reality. No wonder the members of the British parliament had a group meditation in one of the meetings, and some of them continue meditating weekly. Meditation improves teamwork and mutual understanding.

First BRIDGE Peace Fellowship in Georgia

Peace Revolution BRIDGE Peace Fellowship

The first BRIDGE Peace Fellowship organized by Peace Revolution project took place in Bakuriani, Georgia, from 4 to 9 May 2015. It brought together young people from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. The main aim of the fellowship was introducing mindfulness and meditation as tools for personal and professional growth for the youth in the region, and networking for development of sustainable world peace through inner peace cultivation thus, making a change in their local community. Continue reading “First BRIDGE Peace Fellowship in Georgia”