Coming home from yoga class this morning, the news on the radio is about Japan. With now urgently adversarial debates about the threat posed by nuclear reactors, there and here. So far there are few changes in the conditions and small occurrences of my individual life as the result of this event. My heart goes toward the suffering of people in Japan who are displaced, cold, hungry, grieving, and afraid. And I feel we are all connected. As a San Franciscan who was temporarily unhoused by the Quake of ’89 (Loma Prieta), I know firsthand that natural disasters foreground our humanity – our tenuousness as well as our tenacity. As well as what’s truly important. Much gratitude for the words that Thich Nhat Hanh posted today on Facebook, about living in a way that honors what’s most important:
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.