15 March 2011

A Mantra for Turbulent Times

I haven't been writing much about Japan, perhaps because the situation there seems so surreal. It sounds like a bad action/horror movie, with a huge earthquake spawning a sometimes-flaming tsunami that not only destroys cities and villages, but also damages nuclear power plants that proceed to melt down and spew radiation. And there's no Will Smith/Bruce Willis hero able to quickly avert disaster and wrap things up by the end of the film.

It can seem overwhelming, and even recognition of Japanese musicians seems trite in face of the drastic need so apparent from the flow of news. Japan needs food, water, prayers, funds, experts, some time to dry out, and more. If you are still looking for a way to help out from afar, check out the Christian Science Monitor's page of ways to help.

And while you're taking deep breaths and trying to avoid worries at the thought of disasters that might lurk in your own neighborhood, here's some music that may help.

Tibetan Mantras for Turbulent TimesDeva Premal, The Gyuto Monks of Tibet
"Compassion: Om Mani Padme Hum" (mp3)
from "Tibetan Mantras for Turbulent Times"
(White Swan Records)

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