The other night as my mom and I were talking about Ukraine, my six year old daughter asked, “Are we safe?”
It made me wonder – what is it that makes us feel secure?
Locked doors, guard dogs or gated communities?
Enough money in the bank account that we could afford displacement?
Physical health, strength or fighting skills?
Knowledge of history and humanity that provides some perspective?
Believing that countries we live in will stay out of a fight?
Deep connections with faith, family and friends?
While I do enjoy the comfort of locked doors and a security system that help me sleep at night, I realize that my personal sense of security comes from my own meditation practice. By finding that space inside me that is bigger than time or circumstance, I breathe into peace that helps me navigate tension at home, at work and in the world. It’s a sense of expansiveness that we can be bigger than any moment or circumstance and find meaning in the toughest of situations.
It resonates with the feeling that I got from my dad. Whether it was when we lived abroad when I was a kid in a country under martial law and a region that was embroiled in war or later in life when we did home projects together, he embodied a sense of confidence that we could figure it out together. It was reassuring without being false. When we pulled up the floor in my first house and found rotten boards and plumbing that also needed to be replaced, he didn’t pretend it was all good or wouldn’t cost me more time and money, his inner peace told me that we could calmly face anything.
In the words of John Lennon, “Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do , Something you are, And something you give away.”
So I held my daughter’s hand and told her that the fighting we were talking about is far away. We care very much about what happens to the innocent people involved in the conflict but don’t have to be worried. Because whatever happens in life we will face together with the faith and peace in our hearts.
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