Opportunities come to us everyday to help someone in need. Often (usually) it is someone very close to you or in your immediate geographic area. Often it is in a small but meaningful way that elevates their mood, makes their day easier, or eases some small pain or suffering.
Some days there are bigger opportunities, bigger needs, more distant suffering to be eased. Though we are are distant, our small offerings can become larger if pooled together and placed into caring hands.
I hold out in my hand to you, an opportunity to send some of your kindness and compassion to distant Nepal- to be a drop in the stream that feeds into a river and pours over a waterfall of help to those who have lost so much in recent days there due to the massive earthquake this past Saturday.
Here is how it will work. I have looked around and chosen Karuna-Shechen as a collection point for all the beautiful drops of water you may send. I think most of you have the capacity to use Paypal and they have a paypal link there for donation. All donations on their site will go to the Nepal earthquake relief fund for the next 30 days. For the next seven (7) days here, I will send you a yard or the silk shibori ribbon as a thank you for any donation to them of $20 or more. All you need to do is forward me the email receipt you get after making your donation. It has your mailing address on it which I will use to mail your thank-you ribbon. I will collect all the emails and send everything out at the end of the seven days- and let you know the result. Whatever it is, it will be something.
Perhaps you will make something beautiful with it as I know so many or you do. Perhaps you will sell that something and donate a portion to Nepal. Perhaps the person who buys it does the same thing and is reminded every time it is worn that we all are one. Maybe you have some beads from Nepal in your stash to incorporate into the piece. Perhaps a beautiful waterfall of lovely drops and silk shibori ribbons can soothe some needs in a faraway place.
My friend Maura from Mustard Seeds Kolkata wrote this lovely mantra yesterday:
“May compassionate hearts be open to all beings who have been so affected by this 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. May they be safe and free from harm.”
(send the emails to me at shiborigirl (at) shiborigirlstudios.com )