Day 90. We Are All Connected

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Well, if I was gonna be a stickler on technicalities, this would actually be day 92 of my BIKRAM YOGA CHALLENGE. I’m a couple days late. I’ve been obsessed and distracted by current events. I feel very connected to what’s going on. Not just because of all this yoga (though I think that it is heightening the connection). I have relatives there. My mother is Japanese. I am half-Japanese. My mother comes from a very large family (ten brothers and sisters), and they are spread out all over the country.

As of right now, we are still waiting to hear from one of my Aunts. We haven’t been able to get in touch with her. The first day after the quake, you would dial her phone and a message would answer in Chinese. As if the phones were getting rerouted. Now it is just dead.

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One of my cousin’s house was washed away. Into the ocean. The footage of the water is just unbelievable. It’s like a movie. It’s hard to believe it’s real. This cousin, in particular, my heart goes out to. She has had a rough row.

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She is only in her mid-thirties and already her husband and father were killed by previous unreported leaks at the Fukushima Power Plant. Now her house is gone. That is too much for one person. It seems so unfair. The situation at the Fukushima Plant makes me very upset. All the nuclear experts on TV and on the radio who claim that it is safe make me so very very frustrated. I know they are wrong. From the bottom of my heart, I know.

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I am so very afraid of what the impact of all of this will be. I so hope that thousands more people will not be harmed by the radiation. I hope that my Aunt will call. The Japanese are resilient and stoic people. They built themselves up from scratch only a generation ago (after World War II). I know they are strong, and they will persevere. But right now, I am so unspeakably sad for them and for everyone affected.

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