Meditation in Troubled Times

By Norman Fischer

There’s an old Zen saying: “The world is topsy-turvy.”

Who is not aware of this today? The state of the world is painful to everyone. The world careens onward in its topsy-turvy course, causing a pervasive sense of inward dread many of us can’t afford to entertain.

No wonder so many of us are in denial, whether subscribing to fanaticism, lunatic politics, addictions, or simply unplugging from the disturbing news of ecological crisis or economic woes. Deep down we all know the fix we’re in, but we can’t afford to face it. It’s just too much.

Is there a way we can digest, hold, and live with the scale of our current problems?

Meditation practice makes denial impossible and truth sustainable.