Catastrophic natural disasters, including tsunamis, hurricanes or cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding and more have been and continue to be opportunities for us to rise above self-centeredness - realizing our stance as cousins, one and all, in the world family. They are an opportunity to develop compassion and kindness.
Compassion is feeling what needs to be done, and acting on it with kindness.
And as we would act for our nuclear family, we are learning to stretch our embrace around our world family with kind acts through compassion.
Events have been so catastrophic to so many of us in the world family that we have been almost forced to reach out to unknown neighbors and world citizens for help. And in turn, those of us able to give our time and energy and resources have turned from indulging in small self-centered satisfactions to extending kindness toward the larger need.
I see our little bit of time on earth as a testing ground. We arrive through birth, and dependent on others, strive to survive. And as we grow into adulthood we learn how to become self-sufficient, and then extend ourselves through family responsibilities to care for our self and others.
But in the overall planetary plan small family service is not enough outreach - we must grow to see how we are cousins to everyone on our planet, and in that light feel the greater need and act for that need with compassion; with kindness.
As we zoom off from the landing pad of our home called Earth, more and more in the years to come, we will say to other-planetary beings: "My home is earth. I'm from planet Earth." We won't be saying "I'm from a small village in Holland." We will represent ourselves as part of a world family.
Let's take the present opportunities to meditate deeply on our world-wide family role, and grow in kindness through showing compassion, so that we truly feel like we are part of the great world family, the Earth family.
With compassion, kindness
Hand and hand
We carry forth
A master plan
Of caring, sharing
Heartfelt giving -
It's how we feel
More joy in living.
Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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