Can anyone read the news in Japan and not feel it is time to change, to, as Richard Moss puts it, "build the spiritual muscle- the power of our attention"?
The earth is offering her teaching. Can we ignore? This moment. Now.
I love the Pt. Reyes book store. Here are some sobering statistics from their website on the importance of buying locally.
THINK LOCAL FIRST
Why shop locally? When you shop at local businesses, like Point Reyes Books, you also support
the local community.
Contributions to Local Nonprofits through Author Benefit Events in 2010
Pt. Reyes Books $45,000
Number of Author Events Hosted in West Marin in 2010
Point Reyes Books: 46
Sales Tax Paid to the State of California to Support Education, Parks, Social Services in 2010
Independent Bookstores: $18.5 million
Point Reyes Books: Over $60,000
Number of Local Businesses Supported Through the Purchase of Goods and Services in 2010
Point Reyes Books: 35
The rain pounds down outside making it even more cozy inside.
I am with this quote by Stephen Levine:
"When your fear touches someone's pain, it becomes pity; when your love touches someone's pain, it becomes compassion."
As we continue absorb in what is happening in Japan, may love as compassion be our guide.