Local Community Recognizes Meditation as a Vital Skill for a Post “Peak Oil” World

Local Community Recognizes Meditation as a Vital Skill for a Post “Peak Oil” World


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ANN ARBOR, Mich – February 5th 2011— When disasters strike, sudden ones like  Hurricane Katrina or gradual ones like climate change, the answer to human survival will lie in local wisdom and skills. Transition Towns movement is one such initiative in the United States that seeks to empower citizens with the essential skills of collective existence, through events like the ReSkilling Festival last weekend in Ann Arbor, MI.

The key to Transition Towns movement’s peer-learning model is tapping into the pool of collective wisdom that already exists, with the humility of not having all the answers to the life ahead of us. The website explains, “Transition Towns (also known as Transition Initiatives) make no claim to have all the answers, but seek solutions by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our community.”

Saturday’s festival introduced local enthusiasts to many environmentally friendly skills like pickling food that you may grow yourself. What came as a surprise was the inclusion of meditation as an essential skill one should know as a part of combating Energy Descent. Energy Descent is one of the underlying principles that drive the community focus of the Transition Towns movement, founded in 2006 in Devon, England. The Ann Arbor Chapter of Transition began in 2009. Today there are over 200 recognized Transition Towns all over the world including
Japan, USA and New Zealand.

Local meditation experts were invited to share the practice of a sustainable, daily meditation. A Transitions community member, Jennifer Kovach had traveled down from mid- Michigan for the festival. Her information sharing about the meditation session with the festival attendees ensured a capacity crowd in the small classroom at the Waldorf Steiner School. The full house experienced an unbelievable silence as they learnt meditation
basics in a short meditation demonstration.

There was a group of half a dozen meditation volunteers who answered the questions at the end as a panel. Questions had mostly disappeared as the actual effects of meditation
in Sahaja form
brought the mental activities to a minimum. Ryan, one of the curious participants expressed his desire to get into balance: “I think meditation will make me get rid of unnecessary thoughts and worries that I waste my time with, and allow me to focus on the important things.” After the meditation, he confirmed his confidence he could get there with practice.

About the Author: Ruthvick Divecha loves multi-cultural experiences and holds them central to a holistic life. His day job is designing online learning courses. He is involved in promoting the practice of meditation locally through Meetup groups in South East Michigan and Windsor, ON, Canada.

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