Friday, March 18, 2011

A Letter From Sendai Japan

Author of letter: Anne Thomas

I would like to share this uplifting letter with all of you. It was taken from this website:
posted by Anne Thomas on 3/14/2011 11:30 am

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,

Love in return, to you all,


Wondering how you can help? Aid relief efforts by clicking here to donate to the Japanese Red Cross, or text redcross to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
"Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much." -Helen Keller


Trekcapri said...

Hi Barb, thank you so much for posting and sharing this letter. It was beautifully written. To feel blessed and to see the beauty of life in the wake of such sadness, loss and devastation, rather than seeing despair and hopelessness... I am very touched and inspired reading this letter.

It breaks my heart to watch the news unfold of the loss and devastation in Japan. And when I see and read stories of how those affected are so respectful and humble even in the wake of their loss and tragedy, there are no words ... to describe.

Continuing to send love and hope to the people (and a very special prayer that the nuclear disaster can be averted)....

barb cabot said...

Trekcapri I too was uplitfted by this wonderful letter. I'm with you in the prayer for all those affected by this disaster. Prayers being said all the time.

Eden said...

Barb, Thank you so much for sharing this letter. I was talking about this to one of the parents at school and I had to hold and fight back the tears because this letter is so touching.

I am planning a fundraising little get together - to send to Save The Children for the little ones affected by this sad event.

barb cabot said...

Eden no wonder the children in your class say such sensitive things. You involve your class in projects such as this one you are planning which promotes thoughtfulness on a global level.

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