This past week or so has been very difficult for me with all the news about the war in the Middle East. I imagine it’s the same for you. Thich Nhat Hanh encourages us not to look away from suffering, and at the same time we need to recognize our limits and not expose ourselves to material that is destabilizing.
The dharma teaches us that everyone has pain. The teachings on dependent arising tells us that there are multiple causes and conditions that contribute to this awful war including a long history of conflict in this region. Knowing this may not help right now but hopefully will in the future.
The dharma encourages us to offer compassion to all who are in pain. Additionally, we can be careful in how much time we spend reading or watching the news. We can remember we need compassion and kindness too. Spending time with family and friends and talking about other things besides the war can be helpful. Keep up with your interests and hobbies. There are many benefits to silence in not adding to the tumult around us through our words. Silence is beneficial. And lastly, my favorite way to replenish is to be in nature. We’re now in the season of beautiful colors and being outside can help us through this difficult time too.
My best wishes to all.
I invite you to add your own thoughts especially anything you have found helpful during this time.