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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gratitude for Human-Kind-ness


I am feeling a deep pull toward gratitude, sacred gravity, is the way I understand this sensation. Undoubtedly my inner response to the upheaval of the earth’s crust, the draw of a tide sweeping over a nation and rushing back out to sea leaving behind immense tragedy, sorrow and loss. I lit a candle, setting an intention to hold those who are suffering in my heart as if it were a container large enough to fit a world in mourning. I am thinking of people in Japan, people in many places around the world, people close to me, even myself as I am keenly feeling wave after wave of intense emotion. I am remembering times past when I felt this same tug toward the center of my being, the Center of All Being, minor personal losses, deep personal losses, events that figuratively and now quite literally have rocked the world and shifted its axis. Yet while my heart is leaden with sadness, it is also heavy, ripe and full of gratitude. Not simply the gratitude of “Thank God, my loved ones are safe, I am safe"… although I must admit there is a place for that in my awareness… but more an overflowing surge of gratitude for the lovingkindness of strangers reaching out to those desperately in need near and far. I am experiencing gratitude for this essential quality that defines for me what it means to be human… chesed, metta, lovingkindness. 

earth shifts and shatters
sea swells, swallows and releases
the world weeps as ONE

we cry for the dead
tears celebrate the living
salty, bitter, sweet

lovingkindness heals
false separation dissolves
all life breathes as ONE

a single flame burns
in memory, in honor
of humanity


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55 comments:

  1. This is just lovely. I'm feeling the same pull, and not entirely sure what to do with all my energy. Thank you for your words today who've helped me focus it.

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  2. My heart had been sheltering itself - but with your candle I will stand with you and all those that are holding the people of Japan in our hearts. Like a warm coat we will cover each other in prayer.

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  3. So beautiful. You touched me. :)

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  4. Such a beautiful post! I am feeling the same way and wrote a short poem about this very quality - loving kindness - today. Beautiful post, Laura, and lovely poem. Thank you.

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  5. So beautifully expressed, Laura.

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  6. Sacred gravity - I think we are all being pulled by it. This is a lovely post expressing feelings many of us have. Thank you Laura.

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  7. my heart shares this sweet poem's vibration. i taught my yoga class today with this as our meditation.
    light to you, laura~ and light and healing to all the world.
    thewanderer

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  8. Thoughtful words toward the faraway land of profound sorrow. To hold them close, and set our intention for others to reach them, with all that is needed. We are all ONE. Blessed thought of comfort.

    Beautiful post and heartfelt poem.

    Thank you, for sharing. I was blessed.

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  9. Yes, that's a terrible tragedy and just shows us that we are nothing against nature !

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  10. oh i have that pull as well...beautiful write...my heart is heavy and pulls me to my knees...but yes for gratitude as well for all we have...

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  11. sharing the burdens of others with love helps makes them a little lighter for all of us... whatever we can do... donate, light a candle, pray, listen, actually be there physically, write, talk, honor, grieve... it all makes a difference...

    beautiful post, Laura...

    peaceful steps to hopefully bring peace to the turmoil beneath our feet...

    xo

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  12. you are such a tremendous Blessing. Do you know that!

    I saw your post title and felt very grateful for you. Yes, the vibration of overwhelming " " i don't know the word, sense of shocking... awe... trembling for what is out there (not only in Japan) and also what is "inside" us--the capacities untouched to love and feel and feed kind compassion all over.

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  13. Thank you for expressing so well what I am feeling too.

    my word verification is painab.
    Oy...so true.

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  14. You expressed in such a beautiful way what I feel.
    Thank you.
    Hugs
    Joo

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  15. "sacred gravity, is the way I understand this sensation" -- beautifully depicted...

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  16. your reflections, but particularly your poem is breathtaking. Literally. You touch my heart, Laura. Profoundly. Blessings to you, dearest one.

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  17. Warm Aloha & Gratitude from Honolulu!


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  18. THANK YOU for expressing this! I got up and lit candles in my darkened windows after reading it :-)

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  19. It is a kind of blessing when so many can come together and help with the tragedy. Beautiful post!

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  20. A single flame burns and never could there be a more fairer prize.........:)

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  21. Great tragedy has been spawned in Japan, but so too has great kindness, seeing how many mobilize to give aid and love to those afflicted...touching piece.

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  22. what a beautiful tribute to the people of Japan and people all over the world-- offering peace and humanity- very moving. thank you.

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  23. I am one with you! Soul to soul, we have all felt the pull, you can't be human and not feel the pull. The whole sense of destruction, chaos, leaves me head reeling, and then in the darkness the candle is lit. Out of adversity, hero's come forth, and I think, I'm being introduced to some pretty important parts of the ONE. Thanks for this today laura, for what it's worth, this heart was touched.

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  24. A lovely tribute through poetry and image.

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  25. Amen. A beautiful, beautiful tribute/poem. Deeply needed and I know felt in the Universe out there.

    Lady Nyo

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  26. Gorgeous reflective poem for the people of Japan. May they be in our prayers

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  27. yes - let our flames burn
    in memory and in honor
    of humanity - thankful for every single poem on this topic - this shines a light..

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  28. I have no great faith, except that faith in the best of us you express here, and yet, that is always enough, and I join you in marking that greatness amongst so many smallnesses in humans, the ability to feel compassion, kindness and to ache for the sorrows of strangers, to need to help.

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  29. Divinely Beautiful Laura..hugs
    xo
    victoria

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  30. How did someone as young as you get to be so wise? I share these emotions that your poem illuminates so beautifully. Even in terrible tragedy, the love shines through...

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  31. Laura...
    Touching, moving, perfectly expressed.
    Thank You

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  32. Thank you for your words of kindness here and in my blog; thank you for this beautiful poem; and thank you for trying to help those struck by the tragedy.

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  33. We all cry out, and weep together. Good poem, Laura.

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  34. I'm so with you in your beautiful words:)

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  35. I think we're all feeling eternally grateful for what we do have in our lives..especially and in light of the recent tragedy in Japan.

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  36. Thank you for sharing the words of your heart, mind and soul. As I continue my Lenten journey, I find myself with the emotions you describe. I keep my candles lit year through for those that are going through their own troubling journeys(yes I have one for you). Somehow I feel it is a reminder not only to me to keep them in my thoughts and prayers but they cause others to ask why they are lit and I can share simply that they are for others who are going through a tough journey and to feel free to pray for them as well. I always come away from your blog refreshed and ready to take on another day.

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  37. Dear Laura

    I enjoyed it very much.. and loved the feeling ... of kindness and empathy.
    Thanks for sharing...


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    Om Namah Shivaya
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  38. my heart was warmed by your words. i hope you are feeling better. xo

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  39. The poem is fantastic! I read and reread...
    It is just beautiful.

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  40. Wow, that was an amazing write. You were so very economical with your word choice, but each one had profound value. A very good One Shot!

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  41. Tragedies global and personal bring us to our knees and hope brings us back. Beautifull written.

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  42. beautiful, beautiful sentiment.

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  43. Laura, this is a beautiful poem about the oneness of earth and humanity. I always marvel at how readily strangers cast aside their differences in times of crises. I remain hopeful that the awakening we go through will leave our minds and hearts open instead of slumbering back to the status quo of denial and cluelessness once this disaster starts to fade in our memory.

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  44. Really beautifully said, Laura... at times of disaster and tragedy, we humans are what we have to lean on.. to extend our hands to.. to watch out for each other...
    God Bless humanity.. and may all find peace and warmth in their own way.. in their own shells of hope... and may we feel grateful for what we have... however little that might be...

    Love and hugs...

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  45. Thank you for this beautiful, touching post :o)

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  46. This is a beautiful and touching reflection of your emotions following the incredible devastation and tragedy in Japan, Laura. Well done.

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  47. Very beautiful post, Laura.
    My heart is with Japan too.

    Thank you.

    Love,
    Dani

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  48. Laura,

    This is a beautiful post. It is difficult to know how to process the emotions stirred by this very sad event. Thank you for this post.

    Jeanne

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