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From The Heart

Jennifer Oechsner

The earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25th left over 7,000 people dead and over 500,000 homes destroyed. The historic city of Katmandu has been decimated. My heart goes out to all of the people effected by this disastrous event. I can't fathom what it must feel like to be in the midst of the aftermath of this disaster. I want to reach across the miles and help. I want to wrap my arms around the children who have lost their families and homes. I want to share my compassion and somehow ease a sliver of the suffering.

Compassion is innate, we all have the same compassion in our hearts and the potential to express it. The problem is that we fail to make the effort to cultivate this inborn quality. I am reminded of this when I see suffering on a such a grand scale. I am reminded of the responsibility we all have to practice compassion and share our world with kindness and love. We can do this by being kinder to ourselves, and to each other. I don't mean just the people we like, but those we don't usually notice, or those that we conflict with. Even the smallest acts of kindness can have a large impact of the well-being of another. How does this apply to natural disaster relief? Keep the conversation going. Through social media we can keep awareness alive and at the forefront.  The more we talk about it, the greater the impact. Most of us don't have the means to travel to Nepal and help directly, but we all have the ability to give, just a little. The more of us who contribute from a place of compassion, the greater the impact. 

When we are so geographically removed from an incident like this it is easy to be detached and go about our daily lives. For this natural disaster it seems as though the media coverage is already lessening. The people of Nepal will need help for months and years to come to rebuild their infrastructure, homes and lives. I encourage you to give what you can to support this ongoing cause. If you are unsure of where to direct your financial assistance, here are a few organizations you can connect with.:

Together we can continue to raise awareness and support. Together we can live with compassion and make a difference as a collective whole. The more people who live from the heart, the greater the shift in consciousness the world needs.