Wanting world peace is a lofty goal. But praying and meditating for world peace is a worthy project. For me, it brings together some of my deepest desires: peace through prayer!
World Peace Meditation Studies
World peace meditation projects have been conducted in numerous areas across the world with some startling success. According to studies over the last couple of decades, the crime rate dropped significantly in the areas where these groups were praying/meditating for peace:
Our prayers for peace just may have been answered. A new study released by Maharishi University Management on April 14, showed a distinct correlation between large groups practicing advanced Transcendental Meditation and a drop in U.S. crime rate. A series of these studies spanning over the past few decades have shown a continual decline in social violence compared to the baseline crime threshold that was previously observed from 2002–06.
This time, the period between 2007–10 was recorded with a 21.2 percent drop in homicide and 18.5 percent decrease in violent crime rates overall. To give you a better idea of the specificity of this research, scientists estimated that 8,157 U.S. homicides were avoided. The sampling was taken from 206 urban areas around the country, each with a population of over 100,000.
~ Wanderlust Jounal article, “Mass Meditation May Lower Crime Rate, Study Says” by Andrea Rice
Commonly-experienced benefits of meditation can include the following:
- Decreased anxiety
- Greater peace and happiness
- Improved memory and focus
- More restful sleep
- Pain relief
These benefits can apply to the meditator, a group of meditators, and also to a specific area or location.
Imagine being part of a prayer and meditation group that has the capacity to impact those around you!
This year I am joining a group of friends from Olympia, Washington, to pray and meditate for world peace. I am excited about the potential impact of the project. After all, even Jesus said in Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (NIV).
The project is scheduled to launch online this Fall. As we progress, I will send out updates. Maybe you, too, will feel led to join our World Peace Meditation project!