I am overwhelmed with sadness at the war in Ukraine and the devastation the Ukrainian people are experiencing. I am also feeling deeply sad about the Russian people and what they must be going through.
One of the most basic tenants of Nonviolent Communication is that everything someone does or says is an attempt to meet a Universal Need.
Even killing others, even war, are strategies for meeting deeper needs – tragic, though they are.
What might Vladimir Putin’s needs be? Possibly wholeness, security, an affirmation of what he deems as truth, being seen and respected? Mattering?
Understanding that Mr. Putin is trying to meet needs doesn’t take away my sorrow and despair. What it does do is help me connect to him as a Divine being, rather than resort to judgments that he is a monster, or that he is evil. It helps me keep my own inner being clear of judgments and resentments, which – if left unexamined – create even more hatred and dis-ease in our world.
I am for PEACE and COMPASSION.
I am for taking responsibility for what my part is in bringing violence, resentment, and disconnection into my own relationships and the world, and healing those parts of me that continue to see others as “them.”
Please join me this month and beyond in a simple meditation for peace devoted to the people of Ukraine and Russia. If you decide to join me, consider it one active thing you can do to sow more peace in our world.
Here are two options for meditations:
- Metta Meditation, adapted by Mary Mackenzie
- Experiencing the Energy of Needs Meditation, by Barbara Larson and adapted by Mary Mackenzie
May you experience nurturing
May you know love
May you know peace
May the people of Ukraine and Russia know peace
May they experience safety
May they experience nurturing
May they know love
May they know peace