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Can Meditation Change the World?

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President Joachim Chissano

President Joachim Chissano

Here is an interesting article in Psychology Today by Steve Taylor about “The amazing story of the ‘meditating president” – President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique.  The author first mentions the spiritual philosopher Ken Wilber and his challenging remark “The best way to stop famine in the world is to meditate.” Then he continues with the story of Joachim Chissano. …

“… What was it that made Chissano so rational and compassionate as a leader?
In 1992, he learned transcendental meditation. Quickly becoming aware of the benefits of the practice himself, he taught it to his family, then his cabinet ministers and his wider government. In 1994,it became a requirement for all military and police recruits to meditate twice a day, for 20 minutes.
Chissano himself is in no doubt that this collective meditation was responsible for the peace and increasing prosperity of the country. As he said, ‘The result has been political peace and balance in nature in my country…The culture of war has to be replaced by the culture of peace. For that purpose, something deeper has to be changed in our mind and in our consciousness to prevent the recurrence of war.’”

Read full article.

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Author: Peter Kiefer

Student of Maharishi European Research University.

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