It started with an outcry for help from Bob Stilger, being in Japan, soon after the many disasters that happened in March 2011.Ah, my friends.
Reply by Toko Yokoyama:
Me Wheatley offered a document on stages of recovery:Dear Bob,
Thoughtful response by Anne Deveson - on little acts and gentle thouch:
Reply by Chris Corrigan, on what to do in simple, complicated and complex situations:
Joel Levey, offering the practice of Tong Len:
Aloha Dear Bob, (and all who may read this...)
Heartfelt thanks for inviting/affirming us all into this circle of deep reflection and listening for guidance with you. This tender, potent moment is certainly deep in suffering and rich in possibility. Your insight about sourcing clear direction for the newly emerging reality rather than attempting to reconstellating around old patterns is deeply resonant to me.
The first “starting point” that comes to mind is related to what Toko described so beautifully as, “inside training.”
What comes to mind most clearly is the practice of Tong Len.
This is a core practice for people on the Bodhisattva path – who are dedicated to awakening to the true depths of wisdom and compassion in order to awaken themselves and all beings to their true nature and highest potentials. It’s also profound practice for “sitting in the fire” and allowing insight, wisdom, and compassion to emerge. In those moments in my own life and work of entering into deep or troubled waters that seem “way over my head” - I certainly rely on this to come to find calm in the midst of turbulence and clarity in the midst of confusion, and to align and attune myself to be clear and open to the Guidance most needed to response to the circumstances of the moment. This is a profoundly useful practice to embrace the intensity of any circumstance and I/we can be in this mode of being while actively engaged in listening... walking... driving.... helping people... sitting in meetings... and of course in more formal, quiet meditation sessions.
Here are some links to the meditations that follow, (which are drawn from our books Luminous Mind, and The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation).
I’ll continue to listen for further inspiration that may be helpful and will share what I find.
May wisdom and compassion guide y/our way )))
Bob Stilger, touched by much advice, looking at what is possible for him - be present, listen and witness:
A small reply from Jackie Cahi, from Zimbabwe:
Nacy Marguelis, from the World Café community, offering the idea of 'Cafés of Hope:
Another reply from Sergio Beltrane:My dear Bob
And Bob Wing, the Aikido master, added his thoughts too:
I have been following this very closely, with a very real sense of connectedness to that land, people and of course you my friend. In times like this it is my training to settle into more centeredness and become more focused and aware of when and where my actions (not reactions) are needed, or not needed. It is a given in the emergency response arena, this is from an emergency responder team leader to NY 9/11 I worked with this year, that given a general population responding to emergencies, 60% will do nothing and 40% will jump into action. Of that 40% taking action, 20% will do the right thing and 20% will do the absolutely wrong thing. I suspect that the ability to listen and sense well, while in action, is a key to those 20% responding well. I hold you as in this 20%.
You have also spoken about deep grief. Of course this would be present, and one's ability to be present to another's deep grief is a key for any good healer. Also, I'm reminded of the buddhist teaching that a good indicator of a truly compassionate warrior is the presence of deep undefined grief, held lightly within themselves. I'm also wondering if what has/is happening in Japan is an outward expression of what is going on world wide, but on more subtle levels. Most of us may already have a deep sense of accumulated grief that can finally be expressed outwardly when something tragic happens. Maybe Japan as a people, and many others, are now being given an opportunity to express years of accumulate grief. Of course this tragedy comes with plenty of it's own already, but I'm wondering if you are dealing with much more than the immediate grief.
Maybe good advice for people there is to not confuse immediate/emergency needs with long term needs. A lot of harm can come from grasping to remedies too quickly. Like trying to close a deep wound too quickly so that it festers and actually leads to worse things.
These are just some thoughts finally bubbling up in me, for you. The main thing I want you to know is that my concern and care is with you and the Japanese people, and that I admire your beautiful passion to be of help and to respond full heartedly when needed.
Love to you my friend,
This email conversation ended with a last email from Bob Stilger:
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