A new podcast episode in response to the war in Ukraine.
This war freaks me out.
Because of the real life horror of it, but also, of course, because of what might possibly, unthinkably happen, IF…
When the news first broke, all I could do, in shock, was to think obsessively about it, trying to find a way out. But instead of finding a way out, all that thinking unleashed all my worst fears, and for a while I felt myself close to slipping into a bleak darkness, and never coming out…
Thankfully, I now know that can never happen, I’ll never stay in the dark forever, because I’m too scared of the dark. This last time I was so scared that all I could do was grapple frantically for a way out – which, little by little, I found.
The light that helped me find that way out was simply the discovery that I was wrong, that I’m not powerless. Not at all.
Of course I’m not talking here about the big, external world picture. It’s true I’m pretty helpless there – all I can do there is send money to help the victims, or whatever other real-world action I can take. And that kind of thing is important – but it isn’t enough. It won’t bring peace, not to me and not to anyone. The only place we can really make peace, plant the vital seed of peace, is inside us and among us.
There we’re far from powerless.
Which is why I made this podcast – it’s part of my way of making peace, since I doubt I’m alone in being afraid of the dark…
Heartfelt thanks as always, to Silo, for pointing the way to Peace in the Heart, Light in the Understanding.
Thanks also to all the members of the IRC Ensemble, a virtual band born out of the pandemic.
And finally, thanks to the 7 Days of Asking project, particularly the friends who meet every day on zoom and Facebook to ask for Peace in Ukraine.
Following is an invitation to that daily guided meditation, for anyone who would like to join in at any time:
You’re invited to join us any day in a heartfelt Asking for Peace in Ukraine. We meet for 15 minutes to concentrate all our best thoughts and wishes on the conflict in Ukraine, asking for peace and an end to the violence and the suffering. We ask for a heartfelt outcry to arise among all the people of this world, and we imagine our wishes being fulfilled.
Zoom at 11AM NY time and 8AM West Coast
Live stream on Facebook.
Meeting ID: 812 9361 5231 Passcode: peace
inside of each of us
sleeping in our core
Find it! Find it!
that inner door
and steal into
your heart of hearts
where all is well
There in the calm
and timeless joy
of deep eternity
whisper to your
own true self,
the time has come
to softly unleash
this inner force,
this balm to end
Let it flow
through all the world
in gentle waves
of warmth and peace
setting all beings free
Let it manifest and shine
its joyous relief
in every heart
Please share this invitation with others.