Our Mental Health and The War In Ukraine

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Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

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Never before in human history have we had access to such graphic pictures, photos, images and stories in real time about what is going on with our neighbors just down the road (so to speak) in Europe. Never before have we been able to see, feel and experience up close the utter devastation and horror that is unfolding in the lives of so many of our fellow men and women right now.

But today, thanks to television and social media, we are able to do this. We are able to experience all of this horror in real time. And it's utterly heart-breaking. Utterly heart-breaking...

The Desperation We Are Feeling

So therefore, I've come to the conclusion that it's okay to be devastated, sad, depressed, outraged, horrified, enraged, angry, disappointed, confused, terrified, helpless, anxious, fearful, ashamed, desperate... and whatever other words we can put on the desperation we are feeling every time we watch the news or look at our smartphones. It really is overwhelming... it just is... to see all the slaughter and destruction unfolding in Ukraine right before our eyes.

What can we do but feel devastated and let our souls weep and mourn in the face of such utter madness and disregard for human life? This is the only natural, human response... this is what it means to be human. So yes, we can weep and weep we must. We must allow ourselves to be human and feel and mourn... because in truth we are one human family. And these are our brothers and sisters.

Trying to Keep the High Watch

And then, at the same time, so many of us are trying to keep the high watch and remember all the love and goodness that exists in the world around us. And we can also focus on all the stories of bravery and kindness coming out of Ukraine and Poland and the surrounding countries and of all the people who are trying to help in whatever way they can wherever they are.

And then we can also remember and notice the everyday goodness and kindness of so many of the people we meet every day wherever we live in the world. Yes, that is there too. Right in front of our eyes.

Walking The Tightrope Between Despair and Hope

So yes, perhaps this is what it means to be human today... to walk the tightrope between utter despair and hope. To wake up each day trying to do whatever we can – each one of us – wherever we find ourselves to bring forth this inherent goodness, this original goodness in ourselves and in every person we meet on our pathway.

Because yes, we are all one human family.


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Barbara Berger has written over 15 self-empowerment books, including her international bestsellers "The Road to Power / Fast Food for the Soul" (published in 30 languages) and "Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life" (published in 21 languages). She is also the author of “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind” and “Find and Follow Your Inner Compass”. Her latest book, “Healthy Models for Relationships – The Basic Principles Behind Good Relationships” will be released in late 2022.

American-born, Barbara now lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition to her books, she offers private sessions to individuals who wish to work intensely with her (in her office in Copenhagen or on Zoom, Skype and telephone for people who live far away from Copenhagen).

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