How Sound and Compassion can amplify your desire to do good
While adversities, challenges and misfortunes are part of everyday living anywhere in the world, what stands out related to the recent earthquake in Nepal is the magnitude of devastation in a country burdened with an already very weak infrastructure.
It touched me even harder than these sort of events typically do, because just a year ago I was fortunate to go on a singing bowl field study trip to Kathmandu, Nepal. While walking through some of the now devastated areas, I made new friendships and soaked in the history and splendor of this beautiful country.
The pictures and videos that have been streaming over the past 5 days create pain and empathy, bringing the suffering and seeming helplessness of so many closer to home. These though came to me as opportunities to truly look at the deeper meaning of compassion, and what it means to each and every one of us. The dictionary definition is: Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. For a more expansive explanation and deeper insight please read more here.
We each experience and process the nature of Nepal’s earthquake in different ways, but I believe it safe to say that we all should feel at least a murmur in our hearts when imagining what it must be like to be in the situation like so many are there at the present. And I believe it safe to say that the desire to help resides in all of our hearts. In a world entangled through quantum energetic fields as science has been showing us, the simple thought of sending heartfelt positive energy to those in need can already support hope, healing and recovery. And then to amplify it, if one applies more focused thought, as in a meditation specifically geared toward the intention, the energy is so much more powerful. I am referring to deeply heartfelt energetic vibration, empathy and love which resides at the core of compassion.
And while some may say: Well, tragedies like this happen all day long all over the world, they are just part of the world we live in…hopefully it feels more like a strong jolt than the afore mentioned murmur that allows you to appreciate the fortune and abundance that we all live in. And to use this once again as an opportunity to practice gratitude and humbleness. I believe those to be qualities that make compassion, deep and true compassion, vibrate at a much higher frequency and thereby convey more energy and love to those in need.
So while you may not be in the position to support rescue and humanitarian efforts through monetary means or voluntary involvement of some sort, take the time out in your busy day and send those who are fighting for survival, or trying to regain order and normalcy in their lives, some deep loving thoughts of hope, strength, endurance, healing, love and light.
Nepal is deeply steeped in rich history and tradition. A country whose people have been using the aspect of sound in form of bells, gongs, singing bowls, cymbals, drums, ting shas etc. for hundreds of years as a vehicle for gaining access to higher realms within one’s self. So if you have any musical instrument, use it during moments of silence and reflection and send some positive vibrations to the stricken areas. The sound will amplify your intentions and it as well as your power of thought will carry your compassionate gesture to those in need. And no instrument is available, use your voice, one of the most magical instruments there is.
I will use my upcoming gong meditation sessions as yet another opportunity to send group energy to the people of Nepal. Please consider doing the same with your own rituals and in your own ways. And not just in times of acute need, but beyond. Our planet, which we are an integral part of, calls for healing.
And while events like these are very tragic and beyond the scope of understanding for some of us, they can also be viewed as opportunities for the people, the villages and cities, and the nation at large to come out stronger from underneath the rubble. Hopefully this event will be used as an opportunity to build a stronger infrastructure, social networks and so much more. Clearly this will require aid from countries that can provide financial support and expertise. And then…who knows, perhaps this was a call for help in an orderly and benevolent universe and it is being heard. If you wish to make financial contributions, here are links to some agencies http://www.samaritanspurse.org/ ; http://www.worldvision.org/ ; http://www.christianaid.org.uk/
To end on a positive and upbeat note, allow me to invite you to view this multimedia piece I put together after my visit to the Kathmandu region a year ago. It is my strong belief that the country and people will now benefit from your “tourist moneys” more than ever before.