Wednesday, March 16, 2011

~ A Message from Sendai ~

I am assuming that you are as eager for news of Japan as I am, and am therefore sharing with you what I've received today. It speaks to the miracles of this latest earth event. I hope we can each add our prayers and blessings for this country that is so in need. 

A letter from Sendai:

Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend's home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.

During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out a sign so people can come to fill up their jugs and buckets.

It's utterly amazingly that where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines. People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes. People keep saying, "Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another."

Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens are constant and helicopters pass overhead often.

We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for half a day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on. But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not. No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of non-essentials. Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group.

There are strange parallel universes happening. Houses a mess in some places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun. People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking their dogs. All happening at the same time.

Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled. The mountains are Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them silhouetted against the sky magnificently.

And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.

They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for another month or more. And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is better off than others. Last night my friend's husband came in from the country, bringing food and water. Blessed again.

Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don't. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.

Thank you again for your care and Love of me,
With Love in return, to you all,
Anne

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,
there is a field. I will meet you there. Rumi

Truly amazing, right?
xoxo
Pat

8 comments:

Love the Decor! said...

Wow
Finding blessing in the midst of tragedy is a great life lesson for all of us!!! Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story

Mary said...

Wow...isn't it wonderful that during these dark days they are tending to business and taking care of one another. This was such a great message....Thanks so much for sharing.

Valene Marie said...

This is a beautiful testament to humanity. It's wonderful to be able to read what strength, peace and caring we can all have in the face of a great trial. My Prayers are with them, and all of those affected by this.

Thank you so much for posting this! I'm going to share this with my Husband tonight when he gets home.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Wow...I do think that a crisis often brings out the best in people. It is so sad when it doesn't. I have no doubt that these people will be forever changed, even if life gets back to normal at some point. Thank you so much for sharing this.

NanaDiana said...

I read every word...and it makes me want to cry...but cry with joy for this person who is so happy with so little...and to have gone through so much but still have faith and joy in the little things. What a blessing! xxoo Diana

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Simply amazing! Really leaves you stunned to think of what they are going through and such an amazing attitude. Thanks for sharing.
XO

Mary said...

Wow! What a story! What courage and strength they have. It makes one wonder if the tables were turned.... how would we react?

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you so much for your visit!

What a heart-warming letter! The attitude of the writer and of the Japanese people in general has been so inspiring in the face of this tragedy!