Just when you thought things were really bad, things get a whole lot worse. If we didn’t have enough to worry about with increasing energy prices, NHS problems, untrustworthy government, climate mayhem, refugees and ecological collapse we now have a war right here in Europe.
It is tempting to get anxious
It is easy to despair and to spend more and more time engaging with the news and social media to try and make sense of it all and to find someone – anyone! who speaks sense and who could turn the tide.
But these are the times, our times. When disruption and uncertainty are normal and ‘the good old days’ of plenty, security and peace are behind us. Harking back, getting frustrated and fearful just won’t help us now. We have to find a way of being with what is.
A need more than ever for keeping still
The need for keeping a space of quiet within is more and more necessary when the world out there is shrieking louder and louder, there is less and less sense of order and predictability and people are being whipped up into a state of hatred and intolerance.
The truth is that we can take charge and find refuge, we have it within us to remain calm, considered and kind whatever is going on ‘out there’. And we do still live in a beautiful, abundant and supportive world, we just need to move our focus and see it.
If we can do this we can be an anchor for others, we can offer a wee piece of sanity, love for each other and gratitude for what we do still have.
Take time each day
Be still. Practice meditation and contemplation as often and as regularly as you can. It really helps to quieten the mind and turn away from the outside world to that place of peace and calm within. It is always here! It is a refuge for you and when we do become quiet we can hear our own inner voice telling us what we can do, what part can we play to balance, support ourselves and others and BE the change so desperately needed right now. It may be a small part we play within ourselves, our family or our community, but the more of us who do this the bigger the total impact. Start today! and please, if you are struggling to cope get in touch. we have funding to support emotional wellbeing at present.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King.