Finding Compassion for Japan

On the Tragedy in Japan From Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh:

“As we contemplate the great number of people who have died in this tragedy, (Japan’s earthquake) we may feel very strongly that we ourselves, in some part or manner, also have died.

The pain of one part of humankind is the pain of the whole of humankind. And the human species and the planet Earth are one body. What happens to one part of the body happens to the whole body.

An event such as this reminds us of the impermanent nature of our lives. It helps us remember that what’s most important is to love each other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have that we are alive. This is the best that we can do for those who have died: we can live in such a way that they continue, beautifully, in us.”

This quote brings us into the realization of the importance of setting aside our busy lives and sitting in heart-centered meditation. The task before us is to “take on”…impermanence, fear of no control, need for the illusions of power and safety in material acquisitions, relationships, and our identities of who we want to believe we are. As we transform our fear and resonate at a higher spiritual vibration then, we assist our fellow human beings who are experiencing these challenging fears through the natural disaster. This is the meaning of “being at one”.

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