JAPAN’S EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by the most powerful earthquake to hit the island nation in recorded history. The tsunami it unleashed left half a million homeless, killing over 18,000 people. The 8.9-magnitude temblor, which was centered near the east coast of Japan, caused the formation of 30-foot walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfed entire towns, dragged houses onto highways, and tossed cars and boats like toys. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was disastrously affected when the tsunami flood waters took out generating systems needed to keep the reactors cool. Three of its six reactors melted down in the worst nuclear incident since Chernobyl.
“Situations like these disasters ask us to question what is going on in our lives and find healthier ways to co-exist with each other and with Nature. Not only do they call us to serve with selfless, compassionate action, but once the immediate trauma is healed, they ask us to look deeper into the cause of the disasters.
The nuclear threat in Japan obviously brings to light the ultimate question of using nuclear power. Do we really need it? The earthquakes show us that our planet is agitated and overtaxed. The tsunami shows how interconnected we are, how one thing leads to another like a domino effect. What are we doing to ease the stress and suffering in ourselves and on the planet? Are we willing to see the interconnection?”
Parvati created and distributed a special guided meditation in response to the Earth’s agitation and those harmed by the devastating affects of the tsunami. This meditation remains relevant today. Just as the Chernobyl nuclear plant remains dangerous nearly three decades later, dealing with the fallout from the compromised nuclear reactors in Fukushima is a process that could take 10-30 years. The meditation is an offering to help alleviate the stress of the overheated nuclear reactors, settle the agitated Earth and lovingly support those who were affected by this natural disaster.
ONGOING SEISMIC ACTIVITY
Image credit: Earthquake-Report.com
“The recent tragic earthquake in Nepal, claiming the lives of thousands, is yet another call from the planet for us to awaken to compassion. We recognize that we could so easily have been the ones in an earthquake zone. The people who have lost loved ones and seen their livelihoods destroyed have just the same capacity for love and grief as we do. We realize that we are not separate from them, or from this planet that shudders from time to time under the weight she bears.
Even before the earthquake struck Nepal, we have seen devastating effects from earthquakes in recent years. Governments in regions prone to earthquakes must take action to ensure infrastructure and homes can withstand an earthquake, and develop contingency plans to ensure that support and rescue efforts can get through to the people who need it.”
WHAT WE RESIST PERSISTS
It is as though life drops a tiny feather on our shoulder to wake us up, then a pebble, then a boulder. Natural disasters – like the speed of the melting polar ice, the tsunamis and the earthquakes – are our collective wake up call to the reality of climate crisis.
No one is immune to the effects of pollution and our consumer greed. We are all in this together. We must act now to meet these challenges as one Earth family and see them as opportunities to grow and evolve.
THE CALL FOR INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CHANGE
There are two levels of change we are called to implement as we face global warming. One is external, and the other, internal. They inform each other.
Externally, we must reduce CO2 emissions, plant trees, turn off lights and electrical devices when not in use, conserve water and look for alternative transportation, such as carpooling, cycling and public transit. We can buy locally and support organic farming.
We dump toxins into the Earth, thinking that our actions have no consequence. We buy disposable plastic items, use them for a few moments and forget about them after they are thrown in the garbage, even though they do not biodegrade and will be around for centuries after we are gone. We build sprawling suburbs over the land that could have grown our food, then pay companies to burn fossil fuels to bring us food from halfway around the world. These actions are not sustainable and must change.
Internally, we are called to awaken to a much bigger picture of life: we are all interconnected. When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone on the planet, we begin to act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally use less.
What each one of us does affects everyone and everything and the Earth. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are equal children of the same mother, the planet Earth.
We are one Earth Family. When you help another person, you help yourself. We are all connected. Take practical steps today to realize this truth:
Do random acts of kindness for those you know and for total strangers.
Volunteer at a not-for-profit centre or for someone in need.
Go for a walk. Smell the flowers. Notice the birds. Watch the trees. Discover nature’s intelligence. Feel a part of it all, and enjoy.
The planet supports you. What you do to it affects you, everyone and the world.