While the words Karma Yoga mean yoga of service, we can still do acts of Karma Yoga from afar. We may not be able to go to Japan and help directly, but there are other ways. Educate yourself on what is happening there and then take action. Japan can seem awfully far away, but in reality we are incredibly connected no matter the distance.
This is from my friend Mickey’s blog- Blue Lotus Yoga. This gives some ideas of how you can help those that are still in need. Thank you Mickey for sharing. (I have cut and pasted her blog below, as well as a link to her writings.) From Blue Lotus Yoga:
Sometimes, when a big disaster like the one in Japan happens, even if people want to help, it becomes confusing to choose which charity to donate to.
I can’t claim that I did extensive research, but here are my choices of charities:
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, on GlobalGiving.org
This project will disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. GlobalGiving is working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground.
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (click the arrow on the top right PayPal page to change the language from Japanese to English)
We are a coalition of three groups; HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and Japan Cat Network. We are groups that have been rescuing and rehoming animals in Japan for many years. Our intention starting this group is to keep animal rescue on the agenda, provide shelter space, coordinate some Earthquake/Tsunami animal rescues, and to share animal rescue related news to the public. Like our individual groups, our collaboration will be staunchly no-kill. Any funds donated will be strictly and explicitly reported as well as expenses. Money and resources will be used strictly for rescue, care and support of animals in crisis due to the earthquake and tsunami. And while I first imagined cats and dogs, we can not yet know what animals beyond that we will be in a position to help.
Thanks to all for the support!
My favorite animal/vet blog, Pawcurious, is raising money for World Vets.