• A poem by the 2011 Nobel prize for literature winner. The poem is translated from Swedish by Robin Fulton from New Collected Poems, translated by Robin Fulton (Bloodaxe Books, 2011)
This article is from Chiara Fucarino. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to address those with clinical depression or other mental illnesses.
There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within.
Actually, thought about this today. That it’s important …
Have often thought about that it’s important to give children a good foundation, a history lesson and a cultural background to stand upon that tells them about different enlightened persons who have come to earth through the ages, to guide people on how to be a good person. A good human being is the message that they have had. A person with high morals and who is thinking of others first, a person that is compassionate, merciful and good.
So play some beautiful traditional Christmas music for the kids at Christmas, talk about the birth and life of Jesus and hold a nice, harmonious and somewhat solemn atmosphere in the home for them to remember later in life
There has been much speculation and even some scaremongering going on about the Mayan calendar, but it’s nothing to worry about. The biggest threat is probably ourselves and how we treat our planet …
When it’s time to move into the fifth solar cycle we’ll see what happens. I think it will be a transition to something else, something better in the long run. But if we want it to happen, man must stop destroying his habitat and raising his moral …
I’m posting some links that I think are worth reading and is explaining a bit more about the Mayan calendar. Click on the headline to get access to the article.
By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
2012 doomsday prediction? The Dec. 21, 2012 date is likely wrong for the end of the Mayan calendar, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara said.
The calendar, which was created thousands of years ago by the Mayan civilization in Central America, stops at the Gregorian date of December 21, 2012. Many people have speculated that catostrophic events could occur when the date comes, which the Roland Emmerich film detailed in 2012.
Professor Gerardo Aldana, an associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at U.C. Santa Barbara, said that the date could be inaccurate by 50 to 100 years or even more.
By Belinda McCallum
Epoch Times Staff
Ninth-century hieroglyphs painted by a Mayan scribe in Guatemala are records of lunar and perhaps planetary cycles, forming the oldest known Mayan calendar.
The city of Xultún was discovered almost a century ago in the remote rainforest of the Petén region and covers 12 square miles. It was once home to many thousands of people, and monuments were constructed from the first centuries B.C. Only 56 structures have been counted and mapped among thousands more.
Epoch Times Staff
A second reference to the Mayan December 2012 prophecy has been publicized, and is carved on a piece of brick found at Comalcalco in southern Mexico.
Previously, only one ancient glyph has been referred to on a stone tablet at nearby Tortuguero.
Known as the Comalcalco brick, the inscription is about 1,300 years old, and is thought to have been laid facing inward or concealed with stucco, implying it was not meant to be seen.
If the summer has been fine or not, we up here in the North often associate that with whether or not it has been a warm and sunny one. Unfortunately, this year many of us here in Sweden are thinking that this year’s Swedish summer has really not given us what we longed so much for, and now it has started to fade away to be replaced by the autumn.
Autumn has in fact been sensed already, occasionally with high clear air and wind even if it was only the beginning of August. But then it turned thankfully, and this year’s summer gave at last a longer period of time with heat and sun and I got my salty baths in the sea
I was also listening to a wonderful concert in the castle of Tjolöholm, where parts of Kungsbacka Piano Trio performed. I think this is really music at high level. It was a fantastic evening in a castle and in Beethoven’s spirit.
Here you can listen to a beautiful piece from the concert, but not by Kungsbacka Piano Trio with guest cellist.
My comment: I think this is an important article. The truth must be revealed so everyone can see what has been going on and is going on in China today. And everybody has a choice that comes from knowing; a choice between to know the difference between good and evil… that can guide us according to the heavenly law and principle of karma or as Jesus said “As you sow, you reap”.
Please do not forget this important message that Buddha and Jesus left us as a guidance for us in our daily life and in our important choice between good and evil, in thought and action.
At a conference organized by the 610 Office in April 2003 in Hebei Province, the torture method called “the straightjacket” was billed as an “advanced experience in transformation” and promoted for use throughout China.
The Falun Gong practitioner’s arms are bound and twisted behind the back in a specially designed jacket. The guards then pull the arms over the shoulders to the chest, tearing the shoulder ligaments. The legs are tied up, the mouth gagged, and earphones placed in the ears. A rope is tied around the practitioners’ arms, its end is looped around the bars on a high window, and the guards hoist the practitioner off the ground.
The practitioners’ shoulders, elbows, and wrists instantly fracture. Meanwhile, recordings slandering the practitioner’s beliefs are pumped through the earphones at high volume. If the practitioner is left hanging for an extended period of time, the spine fractures, and the practitioner dies in excruciating pain.
After launching the campaign to “eradicate” Falun Gong in July, 1999, former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) head Jiang Zemin promoted only those people who were willing to order that hellish tortures like this be used on Falun Gong practitioners.
In China today, there are officials who no longer wish to look the other way as these horrors continue.
The crisis shaking the Chinese regime turns on whether or not CCP officials should continue persecuting Falun Gong. Underlying the heated struggle taking place behind the high red walls of the leadership compound of Zhongnanhai is a clear choice between good and evil.
When Jiang Zemin forced the decision to begin the persecution of Falun Gong through the Politburo Standing Committee, the committee’s other six members opposed him.
Once begun, the persecution was no more popular generally than it had been in the elite Standing Committee. But Jiang had ways to push his campaign forward.
Jiang had power, and with that power he could give permission. Greed, like that of the billionaire Bo Xilai, was a recommendation. A taste for rape, like that of the future domestic security czar Zhou Yongkang, could be indulged. A taste for blood, like that of the police chief Wang Lijun, who reported in a speech being thrilled at the awesome sight of forced, live organ harvesting, could be smiled upon.
The buffoonish and awkward Jiang could not lead men, but he could pander to them. Those who still had scruples learned to abandon them, as they plunged into moral depths decent human beings cannot imagine exist.
Blackmail, and coercion prodded Jiang’s recruits from behind as bribery and their various vices led them onward. In this way, Jiang formed the bloody-hands faction that carried out his persecution.
At his direction, these CCP bosses used the power he gave them to slander good and innocent citizens; to steal everything Falun Gong practitioners had of value, even taking farmers’ seeds; to detain practitioners by the millions, subjecting them to slave labor, little sleep, and rotten food; to break practitioners’ wills and destroy their faith in what they believed to be good and true; to wrack practitioners’ bodies with nightmarish tortures; to abuse them sexually, rape them, and gang rape them; and, for the sake of a little profit, to strap practitioners alive and awake to a hospital table, cut them open, and tear their organs from their bodies (Detailed information at: organharvestinvestigation.net).
The guilt the members of the bloody-hands faction shared for these crimes was their common surety. Jiang could trust them with power because no member of the faction could hold the others responsible for what they all had done.
In China’s 5,000-year-long history much has been experienced, but the ridiculous Jiang has brought this nation to its darkest and most degenerate era.
On Feb. 25 a Falun Gong practitioner named Wang Xiaodong was arrested after police found a Falun Gong compact disk in his home in Zhouguantun Village, Fuzhen Town, Botou City, Hebei Province, the province in northeastern China that surrounds Beijing.
After fruitlessly appealing to authorities for his release, his family walked through the village with a petition calling for Wang to be let go. In one day, 110 signatures were gathered. In a few days, 300 villagers had signed their real names and affixed their thumb prints in red wax. The local Party cadres added an official stamp.
The villagers and the local cadres all know very well that Falun Gong has been banned. They also know the consequences that can be visited on those who practice Falun Gong or those who simply help practitioners. Nonetheless, they stood up to be counted on Wang’s behalf.
The villagers’ fate reflects the strife in today’s CCP. Local security forces loyal to the bloody-hands faction are now harassing them, but, in a clear sign that the villagers have friends in high places, their petition was put before the Politburo Standing Committee.
For 13 years Falun Gong practitioners have waged the largest campaign of civil disobedience in the world. They have patiently gone to one individual after another to tell their story. They distribute fliers and compact disks and talk about their own experiences with the spiritual practice.
The practitioners tell how they live their lives according to the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. They explain how they have learned to think of others before they think of themselves and to take less seriously different passions and desires.
They tell of the extraordinary improvements in health they have experienced, with chronic, serious diseases completely healed. And they tell of families healed, with conflict replaced by harmony.
They patiently debunk the propaganda demonizing Falun Gong and tell of what is done to practitioners in brainwashing centers, labor camps, psychiatric hospitals, and in the often makeshift operating rooms used for organ harvesting.
Every minute of every day tens of millions of practitioners risk their lives in order to educate their fellow Chinese about what Falun Gong is and how the regime has persecuted its practitioners.
In doing this, the practitioners want to hasten the day that the persecution ends, but they also have an even more noble purpose.
The practitioners believe in the truth of the traditional Chinese saying that good deeds are rewarded with good and evil with evil.
All of those who have supported the persecution are in danger of themselves becoming the persecution’s victims. They will suffer the consequences for the evil done in carrying out the persecution.
In reaching out to the people of China, the practitioners have especially sought to help those the bloody-hands faction has deceived into doing evil.
The Zhouguantun villagers are remarkable in what they did, but this village is not alone in rejecting the persecution. In some villages in China, a bell sounds in the morning to announce the Falun Gong exercises will begin. In other villages, the local security forces have quietly let practitioners know they are no longer hunting them down.
Before the persecution began, the people of China flocked to learn Falun Gong. Now, they are once more awakening to its goodness, in spite of the tricks and threats of the bloody-hands faction.
Like the villagers of Zhouguantun, the people of China are making a choice. They no longer want to be associated with the madness Jiang has brought upon the country. The petition in Zhouguantun bears this message between its lines: The persecution is unsustainable, and its ending is only a matter of time.
This shift in the people of China has been building year after year. Jiang and his faction could see how the people were turning their backs on the campaign against Falun Gong and knew what this foretold. One day the persecution would end, and the bloody-hands faction would be brought to trial for its crimes.
In February 2011 Hong Kong’s Frontline magazine published an article that purported to report the two things Jiang will regret throughout his life. One of those was said to be the persecution of Falun Gong. The article describes the dictator Jiang as taking a flexible stance toward democracy and political freedom. The regret expressed about the persecution makes its continuation after Jiang retired in 2002 seem to have been all the responsibility of his successor, Hu Jintao.
With that magazine article, Jiang or Jiang’s faction sought to tie Hu to the persecution and make him a scapegoat. If Hu were guilty, then Hu could never allow Jiang and his faction to be held accountable.
But the ruse fell flat. The recent changes in the CCP—including the removal of Bo Xilai from his Party posts and the investigation of Zhou Yongkang—indicate that Hu and Wen want to end the bloody-hands faction.
They still have time to reverse Jiang’s policy of persecuting Falun Gong. If Hu and Wen do so, they will usher in an historic change to China.
The failure to co-opt Hu and Wen left the bloody-hands faction only one course: to continue trying to hold onto power in the CCP.
Jiang had arranged for his faction to dominate the CCP, even as he retired. At the 16th Party Congress in 2002, which marked the end of Jiang’s tenure as general secretary, Jiang went against Party custom and expanded the Politburo Standing Committee from seven to nine.
Jiang added Luo Gan and his long-time ally Zeng Qinghong and forced off the committee the highly respected Li Ruihuan. In addition, Jiang had the rule governing the Standing Committee changed. Instead of the Standing Committee obeying the general secretary, it would henceforth operate by consensus.
With these moves, Jiang assured that he would continue to call the shots in the CCP, even though Hu and Wen might hold the top offices in the Party and the government.
Luo Gan was head of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC). In the 1980s the PLAC had been a small Party organ, but after the Tiananmen massacre in 1989, the PLAC took on the role of suppressing domestic dissent and began to grow in power.
The 610 Office, tasked by Jiang with eradicating Falun Gong, was part of the PLAC and used its resources to enforce the persecution or, in those places where there was no 610 Office, the PLAC enforced the persecution directly. Jiang and Luo used the persecution as an opportunity to expand the size, power, and reach of the PLAC.
In 2007, at the 17th Party Congress, Luo retired and Jiang replaced him with Zhou Yongkang, who also became director of the PLAC. Zhou continued expanding the PLAC’s power. Today’s PLAC has authority over the 1.5 million-strong People’s Armed Police, the Public Security Bureau, the courts, the procuratorate, lawyers, the jails and labor camps, and the vast network of surveillance aimed at China’s population.
With a budget greater than the military, Zhou has turned the PLAC into a second power center within the CCP, threatening the ability of Party central to rule.
Knowing that Zhou would be forced to retire at the 18th Party Congress later this year, the bloody-hands faction prepared for Bo Xilai, then the Party chief of the province-level city of Chongqing in central-western China, to take his place on the Standing Committee and as director of the PLAC.
Bo was a safe choice to carry the standard of the bloody-hands faction because he was so deeply implicated in the persecution. While Bo Xilai was in Dalian City as mayor (1999-2001) and in Shenyang City, in northeast China’s Liaoning Province as governor (2001-2004), tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners from all over the country were jailed there.
Large numbers of practitioners died. Shenyang City was turned into an experimental site for organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. Bo could never hold the other members of the faction accountable for their crimes in enforcing the persecution without destroying himself.
While Jiang had hoped Bo could in fact be named as Hu’s successor, according to the usual CCP procedures, Bo was two steps below the rank of general secretary. Leapfrogging Bo into that office was not considered possible.
Jiang reluctantly accepted Xi Jinping, the former governor of Zhejiang Province and the head of the Central Party School, in the belief that he was weak and could easily be pushed aside. Xi, though, had not taken part in the persecution, and Jiang could never rest easy at the prospect of Xi assuming power.
In a desperate effort to keep the bloody-hands faction in power, the idea was born of Zhou and Bo conspiring in a plot to unseat Xi after he took power.
This coup might have gone forward, except that Bo could not trust in the guilt of Wang Lijun, his right-hand man, after all. Bo feared what might be revealed in Party central’s investigation of Wang and turned on him. On Feb. 6 Wang fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, the plot was revealed, and the CCP has since been locked in a bitter struggle.
As the harassment of the Zhouguantun villagers demonstrates, the bloody-hands faction keeps fighting. If the faction cannot avoid losing power, it can continue for a time to create chaos.
The bloody-hands faction fights on because its members are deeply afraid. The little tyrants who calmly ordered the tortures and the organ harvesting now fear a solemn tribunal may soon pass judgment on them.
As the faction continues to lash out, Hu, Wen, and Xi will remain in danger and Chinese society will be in turmoil.
This agonizing period offers everyone a precious opportunity to display righteousness, morality, and courage.
The CCP officials face urgent, life-and-death conflicts. As they fight among themselves, they may think they are fighting to preserve themselves and to hold onto power.
In fact, the fundamental choice facing the CCP officials is not about self-preservation or power. The choice is between good and evil.
The principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance are universal and constitute our humanity. In persecuting Falun Gong, the bloody-hands faction has set itself against human nature and against the moral basis of Chinese society.
To choose to continue such acts as hoisting up Falun Gong practitioners tied up in straightjackets is to choose barbarism over civilization. It is to choose to bring disaster and shame onto China.
To oppose the persecution of Falun Gong is to choose a future based on what is best in humanity.
Although the recent, dramatic events in China may be distracting, this choice is plain for all to see. Each CCP official must choose where he or she stands, as must each Chinese citizen.
In addition, each government around the world and the world’s people must make the same choice.
This moment before the persecution ends allows for all to reflect on what has been displayed in China. It is a chance to choose a good future.
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“From March 1979”
Weary of all who come with words, words but no language
I make my way to the snow-covered island.
The untamed has no words.
The unwritten pages spread out on every side!
I come upon the tracks of deer in the snow.
Language but no words.
- Tomas Tranströmer
• A poem by the 2011 Nobel prize for literature winner. The poem is translated from Swedish by Robin Fulton from New Collected Poems, translated by Robin Fulton (Bloodaxe Books, 2011)
Here I was sitting yesterday, enjoying the sun, listening to happy birds singing and to the water swirling around. A moment of harmony and peace.
I saw this on internet. I really hope that more people wake up, come to understand and begin to respect and treat all living beings in a more dignified and compassionate way…
“And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer – because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.”
In the middle of the his fight Torero Alvaro Munera realized the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an opponent of bullfights.
Look, to be a talented person doesn’t make you more human, more sensible, or more sensitive. There are lots of examples of murderers with a high IQ. But only those who have a sense of solidarity with other living beings are on their way to becoming better people. Those who consider the torture and death of an innocent animal a source of fun or inspiration are mean-spirited, despicable people. Never mind if they paint beautiful pictures, write wonderful books, or film great movies. A quill can be used to write with ink or blood, and many terrorists and drug dealers of the 21st century have university diplomas hanging on the wall. The virtues of the spirit, that’s what really counts in God’s eyes. – Alvaro Munera
Quote from the article: “These little fruit flies, the same that hover around the brown bananas in your fruit bowl, are making complex decisions about how much alcohol to consume based on whether or not they have internal parasites,” Schlenke concluded.”
Perhaps one should think about this next time one wants to smash a little fruit fly? What intelligence nature has! Everything is so intricately linked together; how all the organs and their functions work together in a body, and how different organisms interact.
For me it is a divine intelligence behind all of this, while others believe that there is only evolution. I also believe in evolution, how everything has to adapt to the prevailing circumstances, but this about how everything was created from the beginning, the ingenious body that we have where all the processes so unbelievably well collaborate. That is to me a miracle. That I don’t believe is only evolution.
I’ve thought so ever since I was a kid and read in Reader’s Digest about how our internal organs operate and interact; processes within the organ and between them. I just say – Divine Intelligence
While humans can use alcohol to disinfect wounds, some insects take things a step further by eating food containing alcohol to get rid of parasites.
Fruit flies are the unwilling hosts of certain endoparasitic wasp species, which lay their eggs inside the fly larvae with an injection of venom that helps suppress the antiwasp immune response and allow the eggs to hatch. When the young wasps emerge, they proceed to eat the flies alive.
However, infected larvae of the fruit fly species Drosophila melanogaster can avoid this unfortunate death by medicating themselves with alcohol.
“We found that environmental alcohol protects fruit flies from being parasitized by wasps, and that, even after being infected, fruit fly consumption of alcohol leads to death of the wasps growing within them,” said research team leader Todd Schlenke at Emory University in a press release.
“Surprisingly, fly larvae actively seek out ethanol-containing food when infected, showing they use alcohol as an antiwasp medicine.”
This alcohol-seeking behavior may even help to prevent wasps from laying their eggs in the fly larvae in the first place.
“D. melanogaster has a special ability to tolerate high levels of alcohol,” Schlenke explained. “It seemed possible that this ability might protect the flies from generalist parasites.”
Even without their antiwasp immune response, some flies are able to survive parasitization simply through ethanol consumption.
“These little fruit flies, the same that hover around the brown bananas in your fruit bowl, are making complex decisions about how much alcohol to consume based on whether or not they have internal parasites,” Schlenke concluded.
The findings will be published in Current Biology in March.
The increasingly clear autumn air has since a few days arrived and late summer now draws to an end. Everyday life has again made its entrance in my life after I’ve been traveling around in the beautiful summer Sweden. The sun has followed with me on my journey and I’m going to post more pictures on my photo blog, sooner or later. Each thing has its time
The insights have been many during the trip. When you let the moment have its course and are able to rest in the process, seeing things as they are, without judgment and assessments, being still in thought and heart, you can discover things about yourselves and others, and about life.
The insight that I carry with me most deeply for the moment, is if you’re looking for confirmation from others, seeking confirmation from the outer world, the self will never become satisfied since its nature is the one of wanting more and more. If, instead, you stop seeking confirmation from the outer world and give yourself your own self-worth, based on a realistic view of yourself and what you have to improve, again without judgment and assessments, this will give a firmer foundation to stand upon and a tranquility within arises.
Another important insight is the importance of having an optimistic mind. An optimistic mind, based on a realistic assessment of the status quo in a situation, that can make sensible and wise decisions.
Here are some tips on articles worth reading. Some of the articles I publish on the blog is not so positive since life contains both negative and positive aspects. The most important thing, though, is to find a solution to the problems by being aware of what is happening. That is, in my opinion, one sense of having a positive and optimistic disposition.
“The Herschel Space Observatory has revealed for the first time the entirety of a cold dusty gas ring near the center of the Milky Way. But there is an enigma to this discovery—the ring appears to be kinked.”
“NASA researchers have found convincing evidence that components of DNA can be made in space.”
“Conformists may try to fit in with the crowd, but do not always expect them to cooperate for the greater good of the group.”
“Recent research has found that what hens eat affects consumers who eat those hens’ eggs.”
“Most people don’t like getting harsh criticism from others. However, many of us can be our own worst critics. This is particularly the case regarding weight and body image.”
“Some individuals claim to be emotional eaters. The idea is that they sometimes feel driven to eat foods as a result of their emotional state. Usually, this is in response to states such as stress, anxiety, or sadness.”
Sacred Nature – Please respect the one that is feeding us – like the indians did…
And from one aspect to another… From respecting Mother Earth and what she is giving us to the question: Which wolf do you feed within (symbolically speaking)?
An Indian sat and talked with his grandchild.
He said: “In all people there are two wolves fighting.
One of them is evil. There is anger, fear, envy, jealousy, sadness, arrogance, self-pity, lies, superiority and selfishness.
The other one is good. There is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, benevolence, empathy, truth and trust.”
“Which wolf wins?” said the child.
“The one you feed,” said the old man.
Familiar words to most of us. Those words came to me today as I stood and washed the dishes this morning. Doesn’t that in fact mean appreciating the moment and being that what is called mindfulness? Mindfulness (living in the moment and experience the present moment), actually originated from the Eastern wisdom, the inborn nature of it is an Eastern concept. Carpe Diem in Latin, we in the West have our own wisdom.
Actually, isn’t everything universal? Everything is the same, but in different ways in the different cultures of West-East. In the West, we had the Christian mystics, and surely they had contact with their friends, the Eastern mystics. According to some sources was Jesus, during the years he “disappeared” and nothing was written down, living in the East . Then he came back, rescued people and created a world religion to lead people according to divine universal principles, in the West.
I think he became enlightened while he was away, I think he was taught in the East. Religion has in essence the aim to guide people so they can live in harmony with heavenly laws. When we go against these heavenly laws, we create karma. “As you sow, you reap,” said Jesus. It is a heavenly principle that people often seem to have forgotten. They think they are the crown of creation and can do whatever they want, without any consequences. I think it’s because of this we have so much cruelty. Imagine if all of them, who are cruel to other sentient beings, realized that one day they will face the same thing, directed against themself, would they choose being cruel then?
Seize the day; at every moment in the present choose to be a good, understanding, unselfish and compassionate human being, can we create something better than that during our day? Can we create something more important than that? I don’t think so, because then we give love, selfless love. And selfless love is the foundation of all life. We can manifest unselfish love within us by being a good being, understanding, forgiving, patient; thus staying in harmony with our innermost true essence. For THAT is your true divine nature, according to my way of looking at things.
And what if we could change our approach from “I want” to “I want to give” …
It’s only with true compassion and understanding from heart and mind we can make changes in the world.
That’s how I see it.
I think and hope that what happened in Japan is a mind opener to all of us, to choose a life more in harmony with our surroundings and environment.
All sentient beings deserve to be respected, protected and cherished. All the countries in the world do have an equal share to accomplish this. All the people in all countries in the world need to understand this and enhance their ability for empathy.
All work for changing the world is about raising awareness in fact. That’s the important thing we have to do. Not judging and creating hate. Then we are just on the same level as these people who commits crimes to sentient beings.
Please have a look at this beautiful video. This gives hope. And I really wish we could have more of this thinking that is shown in this japanese video, in our schools in the West.
Children full of life Part 1 of 5
Empathy is the capability to share and understand another’s emotion and feelings. It is often characterized as the ability to “put oneself into another’s shoes,” or in some way experience what the other person is feeling.
So Empathy is the ability to stand in one’s own perspective, while at the same time, possessing the ability to shift perspectives and see through another person’s eyes, as it were. It is a process of understanding and sharing the emotions of another person from a dual perspective with a multilateral self-awareness.
My thoughts go to the Japanese people and the difficulties and suffering they are now facing. From living a nice life to living a life where there is life threatening radioactivity in the air, and where everything around you is destroyed from a very big earthquake and a tsunami. A life where food supplies are running out and you are just stuck somewhere.
My thoughts go to all these people who may have lost their beloved ones in such a big calamity and who now, under great pressure, have to deal with so many challenges.
Life is fragile, we think we are protected but the only thing that in fact is protecting us is how unselfish we can be as a human being; how compassionate our heart can be, since all good deeds will be rewarded and so will the bad deeds. That’s how karma works. Still we can help those who suffer since this is an act out of compassion.
I’ve read stories about people, who when they have met difficulties they have turned to each other and started helping each other unselfishly, instead of looking for their own benefits. This is a heart of a Buddha manifested, the heart of an enlighten being. That is our true innate nature. I wish we all, myself included, could have this heart all the time…