There is so much wrong with the world – but what can I, just one small person, do about it?
How about … everything!
There is no such thing as “the world.” There is only what we perceive it to be – and what we perceive is a reflection of our own consciousness – which itself changes from day to day and even from moment to moment.
When we are happy, we see happiness and beauty all around us, even on a rainy day: “the world” is a beautiful place. When we are sad or depressed, we see only ugliness, even on a sunny day: “the world” is a gloomy place.
Yet it is the same world, isn’t it? Or is it?
A colour-blind person sees the world differently from how I see it, or how a dog sees it, or how a tree “sees” it. We have this conception that “the world” is a static, definable entity – it is anything but. There are as many “worlds” as there are sentient beings perceiving their environments, multiplied by each moment of awareness.
So – if we want to change or improve the world, how to do so?
Change ourselves, we change our perceptions and “the world” is changed.
We can never control what is happening around us. But we can absolutely control our perceptions and reactions, and thus, we CAN change the world.
Meditation – practised regularly – transforms our consciousness, hence our outlook on life – and hence our perception of the world around us.
Most of the time we perceive our world through the lens of an over-active mind. It’s like driving in dense fog. Clear the fog and suddenly we’re in different, clear, bright surroundings. Meditation clears that fog, enabling us to see and feel a world changed indeed.