Finding balance and staying emotionally, mentally and spiritually steady in these dark times is hard.
Reading Future Crunch is a good way to keep up with some of the positive news while not turning away from what’s going on in the world. Here is what the authors of Future Crunch wrote shortly after the Hamas attack on Israel.
“There was talk of peace in recent months, hope that something was changing. Overnight, that's been replaced by despair, and the familiar moral darkness that seems to hang so heavily over this part of the world. In the choice between barbarism and civilisation nobody should waffle, but what the past few days have also revealed is that a lot of people will mourn for dead Israeli civilians but not dead Palestinian ones, and a lot of people will mourn for dead Palestinian civilians but not dead Israeli ones. What has happened to our collective humanity?
“In times like this it feels strange to be writing a newsletter that celebrates progress. Disrespectful even. This is not a kumbaya though. Our aim isn't to say ‘Look over here! There's good stuff too!’ Suffering isn't relative, there's no Benthamesque, cosmic scale weighing things up and pronouncing its verdict on world events. There are moments when the world feels like it hangs by a thread. This is one of them. We're feeling it intensely too, that sense of worry and fear.
“This week, our goal is just to stop you from going numb. The global media is chasing ambulances right now, and at some point it's going to become too much. When you feel that, try to remember there's a big planet out there, and a lot of other stories surrounding the Israel-Gaza one. People in power on both sides want war. But they don’t speak for all. What we can do is keep showing up with our attention and our humanity. Don't switch off, stay with it “
Reading Future Crunch helps us "stay with it." Give it a look.
Here's more good advice on staying steady from Jessica Craven:
"Let’s face it—things are a mess pretty much everywhere. It’s a tough and frightening moment that feels deeply unstable. To cope, I’m falling back on tools that have gotten me through moments of crisis before: taking it a day at a time, trying not to panic about a future I can’t possibly predict, looking for ways to be of service, practicing self-care, and, instead of trying to figure out the answer to the world’s thorniest problems, simply looking for the next right action to take. Chopping wood and carrying water, in other words, is the only thing I know to do right now."
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