April 4th, 2011
I am sitting here in Kathmandu, Nepal reflecting on the fragility and magnificence of life. I find I often reflect deeply when I am here in Nepal as the opposites of life are presented in every day life – life and death side by side, often quite literally.
This city of Kathmandu has approximately 6 million inhabitants, it is located in one of the world's higher risk areas of earthquakes, and is currently 'overdue' for a major earthquake. When I consider the implications of such an earthquake here it is horrendous! The majority of buildings (including hospitals & schools) are not earthquake resistant, even though there is a plan to retrofit many of the essential buildings, the funding and action is not really happening. The consequences of a major earthquake will likely mean massive loss of life and injuries to perhaps a million or more people – hard to imagine the reality of such. Having been involved in disaster management trainings over the past two years, it has made me more aware of how unprepared Kathmandu is. And, in many cases most parts of the world are not truly equipped to 'manage' disaster scenarios!
It seems that us human beings keep choosing to live in vulnerable locations (earthquake, tsunami, volcanic action, floods, fire, hurricanes etc) – understandable on the one hand that we choose the arable lands, with aesthetic outlooks to live – on the other it seems we don't seem to fully appreciate the power of mother nature when she stretches herself or gives a shake – then we are like fleas falling off the back!
And mother Earth seems to be a little active this year, not necessarily 'extra' active, yet we notice it because indeed our main populations are in the affected zones – complicated by issues such as nuclear reactors in earthquake zones – very easy to say after the event that it is not a good idea! PLEASE – I advocate for nuclear free, we do have other options.
I am writing this as I hope and wish more of us can become aware of what we are creating. It is not 'them' who create the disasters and conflicts but our collective action and non-action. We all have a voice and most of us also have a vote – we can use this to effect changes. In addition to that, we have our own self-reflection to see within ourselves the choices we are making each day – is it contributing or taking? Building or destroying? Really consider this ... it has far reaching implications if you do.
Each of us has unlimited creative potential – are we allowing this potential to grow and be used for wider evolution and development? Or are we focusing on our own small personal world of what we can create for ourself? The 'we' vs 'me'. I am a big advocate of the 'we'! I consider that having a wider focus on the whole of humanity, the whole of the plant, enables a greater release of my own creative energy and supports my growth and development. It has lead me into interesting new arenas of learning and to meet interesting people tapping their own potential – very alive!
I leave you with a few things to contemplate – if a disaster occurred in your own home area, are you ready? How would you respond? If the electricity and water were cut off for days or weeks? Do you know your neighbours? Do any of them have special needs? Are any of them handicapped, have small children, or are elderly? Do you have any first aid knowledge? Or perhaps you have other skills that might contribute? Do you know you local emergency or disaster plans? And the appropriate contact numbers? Considering some of these points in advance can be a help to save lives, your own and others...
And, how are you using your own creative potential in your current life? What is calling you from within your own self into activity? Are you listening to that message? I encourage you to take the time to listen and have the courage to follow through the action – it might awaken within you a greater magnificence than you might have imagined for yourself!!
Happy awakening ... Kira