Good morning friends. Perhaps you woke up today like me. It’s a dark day, not just for the cold and stormy weather we’re experiencing on this Thursday in late February, but also because of the announcement that the Ukraine is now under attack (more so than previously).
New York and New York City is home to many Ukrainians, to many Russians, Belarusians, Moldavians, and peoples near and around the affected areas. War and armed conflict anywhere is tragic and the fallout, seen and yet to be seen, will be terrible.
As tea people, I hope we commit to practicing peace and non-violence. I hope we can not just be against war and violence but be anti-war and anti-violent, both in our actions and our thoughts. Consider why war has been waged and consider how we, both far and close to this conflict, can understand the human costs. Perhaps we should meditate why we live in a world that is more inclined to wage war than to wage peace.
I leave you with some images of an early morning tea session I had while listening to the news and to the accounts of journalists who are now currently in the Ukraine. I wonder if tea and meditation can change any of what has happened or what may happen.
I’ve met many in my lifetime who come from cultures that love tea. Perhaps offering tea and a chance to meditate together can be of support to finding peace between the areas currently affected by war. Perhaps combatants and civilians can ignore the commands of their leaders, put down their weapons, come out of their bunkers, and share a cup. I’m sure they’d prefer this over killing and death. In this hope, I offer up this meditation.
Meditations on war
Perhaps it’s too soon to meditate on war
Perhaps too few people have been killed
Too few lives broken
Too few cities burned
But despite the costs, waging war is easier
When every government known to us is made to wage war
We’ve made it so it’s easier to wage war than to wage peace
Easier to call a missile strike than to solve hunger
Easier to round-up and execute civilians than to secure their rights
Easier to bomb cities and invade countries than to make them ecologically sustainable
Easier to pit neighbors against neighbors than to end systemic racism
War is easier than peace because it’s now a practiced habit
So let’s meditate on war, the ease we want to complicate, a habit we want to break
And practice peace as a habit to create