By Diane Breneman
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Going Inside for true transformation
We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. ~ Gandhi
Watching the news today can be a traumatic event. Anxiety, anger, and hatred are growing while studies show that the light of compassion has been consistently dimming in our society since the late 1990s. Looking around our world, it is easy to fall into a state of apathy, believing that there is nothing you can do to make a difference.
Throughout the greatest teachings of the wisdom traditions, science, philosophy, physics, literature, poetry, art and psychology is present an acknowledgment that every human being is part of the greater whole.
The wise sages throughout time have taught that all the individual does impact the collective. When one person elevates their capacity to be a vessel for peace, compassion, and love in this world, the whole of humanity is elevated.
History is replete with examples of one person or a small group making a difference. For those who live wholly healed lives, history speaks their names for thousands of years and the world is transformed by their internal state.
Wherever you go, there you are.
Because you are always connected to the whole, whether you realize it or not, you are always gifting your presence to the world at large. Whether you intend to or not that is the reality of this human existence. The only question is what will that presence be?
Will your life contribute to peace and love or anxiety and anger?
Will you devote your precious human experience to creating harmony or furthering chaos? Although you have free will, you cannot will yourself into a state of peace. Your capacity for peace is one that must be trained and can always be increased. Contemplative and meditative practices are the most powerful way to increase our experiences of peace, compassion, joy, and love. When you know more of these states, you spread their presence throughout the world.
Journey inward with me to transform the world in the image of your intention from the inside out.
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Since 2010, Diane Breneman has been teaching meditation and contemplative practice at diverse venues across the Kansas City metropolitan area. Diane has taught for hospitals, doctors, therapists, churches, temples, the Y, a large inner city charity for at-risk children, a college prep school and a major university. She has also served as co-chair of a metropolitan-wide resilience tool-building committee. She currently teaches classes based in mindfulness, loving-kindness compassion , and formative techniques.
Diane spent over 25 years as an attorney, creating a national practice representing catastrophically burned people, 80% of which were burned children or parents who lost a child to a burn injury. During that time, she became fascinated by the science behind the effective use of meditation and other contemplative practices to relieve stress, create health and wellness, address pain, provide emotional resilience, support caregivers and even shift experiences of trauma.
As she moved deeper into her own practice, she also realized the depth of life experience that was made possible for herself and those she worked with through these powerful inner practices.