If ever there was a time for this quote, surely, this is it.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been struggling with finding a balance between staying informed about the war in Ukraine without letting it consume me. Marianne Williamson put it perfectly in her piece Hello Humanity: What You’re Doing Now Isn’t Working: “I notice how in the space of a week I’ve gone from “I can’t take my eyes off the news” to “I can’t bear to turn on the TV.” I went from a need to track every Russian and Ukrainian move, to now feeling I can’t bear to see any more examples of Putin’s brutality. I’m feeling the collective state of low grade depression experienced by several million if not more of us at once. No one can believe it. No one can stand it. And yet the horror just goes on.”
It helps to limit news intake. It helps to focus on how we can help the Ukranian people. And all the advice about how to preserve our mental health that we’ve (hopefully) been following for the past two years of living with the ongoing stress of a global pandemic applies here, too: eat healthy food, exercise, rest, meditate. The latter has been essential for me.
I’ve previously mentioned how much of a difference Katie Krimitsos and her Women’s Meditation Network have made in my life. I can’t recommend this resource highly enough. Recently, Katie created a meditation titled “More Love, Less Hate,” and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I found this meditation both thought provoking and calming, and have been listening to it several times a week.
You can listen to the More Love, Less Hate Meditation here. I encourage you to subscribe to Katie’s meditations on Patreon. It’s the best $20 I’m spending every month.