The Occupy movement includes a little-noticed dimension of activists seeking not only outer change, but inner change, according to Jeanne Ball. On Huffington Post, she writes:
Imagine: countless numbers of people across the country, in their homes or together in meditation halls, sitting, closing their eyes and transcending, experiencing a level of consciousness where we’re all interconnected. What if, by silently stirring this underlying, unified field, an influence of orderliness and cooperation could be created throughout collective consciousness — dissolving social tensions and relieving government gridlock, stimulating economic confidence and supporting positive change?
Such a project is quietly underway and gathering momentum, on both national and global levels. In Fairfield, Iowa, 2000 meditators — volunteers from 50 countries, of all races and religions — assemble morning and evening, seven days a week to further this endeavor. Similar large, permanent “coherence-creating” groups are forming in South America, Europe, Australia, and throughout India and Asia.
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Ball’s article points in a helpful direction, but it falls short of exploring how meditation — which is non-grasping and encouraging an inner state of equanimity — is congruent with the angry spirit of determination shown by the Occupiers.