Despite the common media image, meditation is not restricted to the affluent. The World Community has long been involved in bringing meditation to the poor, the neglected and those pushed onto the margins of society.
Not only can it bring them hope and courage from discovering their own inner resources and dignity. It also stimulates social change by bringing the haves and have-nots closer together. It is, in fact, a kind of “silent revolution” of justice and peace that starts in the heart of each of us. The World Community teaches meditation in many different classes of society: there are meditation groups for the homeless in Boston (US) and London (UK), meditation with marginalised people in the streets of Middlesbrough (UK), with refugees (US) and with children rescued from abusive parents in São Paulo (Brazil). The World Community also has a special relationship with L’Arche, the international community dedicated to the well-being of those with mental handicaps
These are examples of the transformative practice of meditation with people marginalised or even broken by rejection. Meditation and the way it is shared with them show how it can help them not only to survive but to reclaim their dignity and capacity to flourish.
Contact: Terry Doyle