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


Unleash Peace

Peace lives

inside of each of us

sleeping in our core

Find it! Find it!

Go inside,

slip through 

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

my sweet

to softly unleash

this inner force,

this balm to end

all suffering

Let it flow

through all the world

in gentle waves

of warmth and peace

reconciling everyone

setting all beings free

Let it manifest and shine

its joyous relief

blooming sweet

in every heart

universal harmony.

Please share this invitation with others.

Peace in Times of War
Trudi Lee Richards

Trudi Lee Richards

Trudi Lee Richards, a poetic and musical member of the Universal Human Nation, is the author of On Wings of Intent, a biography of Silo; Soft Brushes with Death, a Jorge Espinet Primer; Confessions of Olivia, a fictional autobiography; and Fish Scribbles. She has also co-authored two books: Experiences on the Threshold and Ambrosia - Poetic Recipes/Recetas poeticas. Exactly two of her poems have been published by anyone other than her less-than-modest self: “The Great 21st Century Poemic" appeared in the April 2021 edition of Global Poemic (globalpoemic.wordpress.com); and "Fairies of the Forest" appeared in the Palo Alto Times "Youth Said It" column in 1957. In the '90s she also wrote for, edited and published an independent San Francisco newspaper, Human Future; and in the '70s she co-founded the San Francisco arts publication La Mamelle, which morphed into Art Com before it died, and whose remnants are now housed in the Stanford Archives. A graduate of Stanford University, she helped raise several humans from infancy, and is now enjoying their friendship. Currently she tends to wander between Oregon and California, enjoying the company of her beloved community of friends and family. She can more or less reliably be found at the west coast Park of Study and Reflection, outside Red Bluff in Northern California, on the third Saturday of every month.