In the spring of 2020, CVM received an email from two psychologists from Ukraine, Julia and Olena. They asked us if we could support them in the development of mindfulness.

Julia and Olena had become acquainted with mindfulness via the internet. They did a short training in Spain. After that, they were the first in Ukraine to offer mindfulness.

We thought it would be nice to bring what we have so abundantly available in Western Europe to a country where the prospects for freedom and personal development were still so early.

In two weeks from now, Mila de Koning and I would travel to Ukraine and train the first group of mindfulness teachers there with our colleagues. We had already received beautiful pictures from a conference center in the woods, simultaneous interpretation was arranged, and we had worked out a program together - here it is, next to me on the table.

But then came the turnaround. Last Monday, Olena described how sad she was about the threat at the border. She concluded with, "All we can do now is cultivate kindness."

Then came Wednesday. The invasion. At the end of that long day, Julia still had time for a scribble: “We try to keep calm and fight with the enemy”. Trampled by the enemy. No more room to cultivate kindness.

I do know one thing. It matters that we show that we are with them with our hearts.

Another meeting is scheduled. I don't know if it continues. I don't know if there is still a connection. I don't know if our colleagues will still be safe. I don't even know what else to talk about, really. So much is broken now.

I do know one thing. It matters that we show that we are with them with our hearts. The last email I received from Julia had the title: “Thank you for being with us.” She writes: “We are not alone and the people from all the world help us.” Below is a photo of her taking a first aid course. In the shelter.


Rob Brandsma
February 28, 2022.

Mindfulness teacher Julia in the shelter.

 

Over 250 people took part in this meditation on March 2nd. At the end, everyone shared their wishes for the situation in Ukraine via the Zoom chat. Below is an overview of this for inspiration.

  • may you be safe
  • I wish peace for all people
  • I wish peace in all the world
  • God be with them
  • I wish for this crisis to end soon... and wish much strength, love and strength to the innocent civilians living in uncertainty and violence in both countries.. God be with them!
  • I wish all Ukrainians and many Russians who sympathize with them strength and good-natured
  • Soothing for all people
  • peace
  • light.and love
  • I wish love, love and love to all
  • sending love peace and harmony
  • I wish all Ukrainians a lot of strength
  • courage and hope
  • Security and Peace
  • I wish you lots of strength and love
  • Peace and justice for all
  • And love and strength to all.
  • All we are saying, give peace a chance
  • Peace, safety and love for all
  • Lots of light love and strength!!
  • To the children of Ukraine: may you experience a spark of fun and naughtiness every now and then in this exciting, unsafe time.
  • may everyone in their hearts remain free and loving
  • all the strength to those who need it oh so! love each other!
  • may all people in ukraine live at peace with themselves and the world around them...
  • thank you.
  • May we all be at peace with ourselves, and everyone else, wherever.
  • Much gentleness to all Ukrainians!
  • take heart
  • may our intention spread !
  • embrace and comfort each other and yourself, near and far
  • May we be safe and at peace all over the world
  • Love, strength, peace, connection and hope
  • love
  • May all living beings live together in peace and harmony
  • Freedom, Peace, Tranquility
  • let the good in man prevail
  • Security peace strength and courage to all
  • peace and wisdom, peace and wisdom to us all
  • may you be safe and have faith
  • Give peace, feel peace, be peace
  • Much love to everyone and everyone
  • May you be safe and have faith ❤️
  • May we all find the strength to pierce this
  • Love is the answer🙏👍
  • may love prevail
  • Lots of strength, safety and love
  • In my mind I hold you: grandpa, grandma, daughter, son, mother, father… Hold on to each other! Stay connected.
  • strength and love
  • ... Put down the weapons
  • Take heart! There is always light after dusk
  • Resilience, creativity, and stamina to show that democracy and having an eye for each other conquers all.
  • peace For All People and wisdom for those who are now aggressive
  • Give love, feel love, be love
  • love for all
  • Thanks, Peace and Trust
  • I wish everyone inner peace and confidence
  • may you feel confidence
  • strength and wisdom for all
  • be of good cheer.
  • Strength, security and peace for all. And let's add wisdom. Good evening!
  • Lots of strength and we are with you!
  • we won't let anyone go!
  • Peace security resilience for all
  • Thanks! Peace, love and resilience.
  • You are not alone! Peace, love and much wisdom….
  • Security and peace
  • may you be safe
  • May the people of Ukraine continue to find and hold each other
  • Wisdom and love, for both the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia who do not choose this situation.
  • Courage and confidence
  • peace
  • Peace to all in Ukraine
  • there's no way to peace, peace is the way. Let's keep practicing. Take heart for everyone
  • My wish is that Ukraine may receive our togetherness, they just feel they are not!
  • May there be peace and quiet again very soon.
  • May the hearts of all Russians open, let their morals speak. And that all those hearts form a web of love that stops war.
  • peace and trust
  • a lot of strength, hope to have to deal with me here. We hope that peace returns soon.
  • May you find comfort in each other and peace. May all animals be safe too.
  • My wishes go out to Putin: that he see what he is causing, soften it and not see it as a loss of face if he retraces his steps. Peace in his heart!
  • I wish everyone peace and compassion.
  • LOVE❤️
  • People in Ukraine, we are thinking of you.
  • Strength, fearlessness, courage and brotherhood. We stand together.
  • a lot of courage and confidence and love
  • 🙏🇺🇦thanks for this meditation, I wish everyone peace and security and life in freedom
  • peace and love to all
  • Bless you!
  • My heart goes out to the Russians too, this conflict is not their choice. they also make sacrifices.....
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  • May you feel strength from around the world
  • May Putin feel compassion for the people
  • Peace, Security and Connectedness
  • thanks 🙏and🤗peace and safety and trust🧡
  • Faith, hope and love - connected with each other
  • I wish all people in Ukraine safety, peace and healthy reunion with their loved ones, that they may feel supported by the world. But my thoughts also go out to the people in Russia who have not chosen this either and are affected by it.
  • let love flow all over the world
  • May everyone find the strength to bear this, and may the war be over soon ma. Let there be peace everywhere.
  • Courage, strength and wisdom in this unimaginably difficult time. May it be safe and peace.
  • God be with them ❤️❤️❤️
  • may our inner Light support them like a sun through the darkness of this Night of Violence. to conquer in Love
  • may we also continue to see man in the enemy. And treat the enemy as we would like to be treated.
  • Thank you so much for this meeting, so much to be able to be connected in peace. I wish the people in the war zone like the Russians strength and courage to stop this violence.
  • All the courage in the world to Owena and Julia, their families and their compatriots. May peace return soon. Thanks to Wibo and Rob for the initiative and contemplation.
  • Perfect peace and freedom for all 💙💛 Thanks for meditation
  • Compassion, wisdom and peace....
  • mir y druzhba..peace and friendship
  • Much warmth and peace to everyone.
  • peace in everyone's heart
  • Touching to be with each other like this! I keep thinking about that musician who played trumpet 🇺🇦 national anthem on the Kiev metro. May he be in peace too!🙏🏼
  • Thanks for these connecting moments, may they blow over to everyone who needs connection so much right now.
  • Thank you! Peace and security for all people.
  • let not the mind prevail but the heart.
  • peace is the way. can we live that
  • Sense of connection anywhere in the world, and between heaven and earth 🙏
  • Thank you! Much love to everyone involved in this conflict ❤️
  • hold each other, may there be peace in loving connection
  • thank you very much. nice to feel connected to this meditation. I wish everyone love and peace
  • May they be filled with loving kindness, may they be well, may they be peaceful and at ease may they be happy
  • May everyone know love
  • Love and gentleness and comfort to all.
  • all we have is each other
  • Love Wins.
  • compassion for this dark part in Putin, which is in every person..... may it come to light
  • Much Light and Love on everyone's path, all people, Europe, Ukraine, Russia, everyone
  • Many thanks. Peace and resilience in all of us and especially for all people in Ukraine
  • that people can feel this
  • dear people from Ukraine and Russia who are suffering from this lack of freedom, we are thinking of you and are connected in our hearts and minds. Wishing you strength and love.
  • may we be in peace and freedom.
  • from powerlessness to resilience