Like many, the Russian invasion of the Ukraine is weighing heavily on my psyche. To establish some connection to the people other than the national news, I just watched the documentary “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” available on Prime Video. Please watch it. It is such an insightful portrait of the human condition.
It has provided me days of pondering and, of course, led me back to my own spiritual journey. Not to spoil the documentary for anyone, the connection the babushkas have with the land around Chernobyl is so deeply a part of themselves that the fact the land is killing them is of little concern. Is this connection to the land something that is taught? How is such a deeply spiritual connection gained? Has the Western world lost this connection? Can understanding these differences help us reach some of the people in our own communities that seem disconnected? Does offering place-based EE help establish this connection? I have my own thoughts but I would love to hear yours!
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