Staying grounded as the tanks roll into Ukraine

What can we conclude from the madness of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? How do we live normal, decent lives amid such dark age politics and barbarism? The way we respond can affect our emotional well-being and mental health.  

For me, I make it a point to fold the paper and switch the channel when the unending tide of war news drowns me in despair.  It is important to me to follow the news and to stay informed, but the relentless flow of reporting unimaginable misery can be overwhelming. I know when I have reached my limits of what I can take in before I become numb and give in to indifference.

 It’s vital for me to stay connected to what feeds my soul. These disturbing times present questions so vast in scope and deep in meaning I simply cannot answer them on my own.  I must put the answer into ‘Spirit’s’ hands or whatever your visualization is for the undetectable but undeniable presence of our Source.

My wife wears a talisman in the form of a three dimensional eight pointed star, a tetrahedron or Merkabah, an Egyptian word loosely translated as the body’s spiritual connection to the light. My transitional object is the meditation shawl I wear.  It is a source of solace and wisdom. It keeps me believing there is a basic good that exists in all of us. 

My choice is to remain optimistic.  For humanity, for our planet, there is no other choice. I want to believe that those who commit the atrocities and acts of monstrous cruelty take the space of darkness so we can see and embrace the contrasting light.

How do we live normal, decent lives in the face of the unleashed carnage? Even as our revulsion forces us to turn away from the daily inundation of horrific scenes of war, we must remember that behind the grainy photographs are people like us. We must not become indifferent.  We must seethe with compassion and empathy.  When we shut our eyes to the television screen, we must keep our hearts open.

To do otherwise would be unbearable.

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