Haitians and Afghans in need…

pain and sufferingsitting with a heavy hearti offer my love.

as we look around us, as we listen to the news, the burden of this moment is heavy.
Haitians suffering from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14th. nearly 1500 lives lost and 6,000 injured with an impending tropical storm. these dear people can’t catch a break.
panicked and desperate Afghans trying to exit as Taliban takes over complete control. the images at the airport are harrowing. we have failed them in our exit. so many who have fought side by side with our military, as interpreters, as informants. women will suffer the most, many who had hope, who were receiving or received education and prominence in professional fields and politics, burning their degrees, their documents, leaving no trace.
if these events break your heart open and engage your empathy – good. allow it. allow your heart to feel, to love. let that love move into compassionate action.

for Haiti, i suggest Doctors Without Borders www.msf.org(please do not donate to Red Cross, they were criticized for not forwarding donated funds during the previous earthquake).

to assist in getting our Afghan allies out who assisted during the war and who are in danger of being locked away or killed, i suggest supporting the organization, No One Left Behind www.nooneleft.org
please list any other beneficial organizations in the comments.
lastly, please practice self-care for yourself and others. i’ve been doing Metta (Lovingkindness) Practice tonight. i’ve included a longer version that i have written in the second photo.

#Haiti #Afghanistan #Metta #compassion #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #Haiku #JMWart #JinpaLhaga

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