It can be very easy for a person to distance themselves from the pain and loss of the recent tragedy in Japan when you are 6,000 miles away. That said, what about the people who experienced the devastating earthquake and tsunami first hand? With years of rebuilding ahead, both physically and emotionally, what’s the solution? For a group of affected Japanese students, meditation and yoga are providing relief.
This Times of India article interviewed the group of students to find out how, in the days and weeks since the disaster, the ancient Indian technique of meditation was helping them cope with the unbelievable pain, loss and sorrow they were experiencing.
“The feeling of inner peace and empowerment that comes with yoga and the vedic principles, continues to help us get through this difficult period,” said Michika Inuzuka, a 34-year-old software engineer from Osaka, Japan. Michika does not like watching television and was late to realise the extent of the actual catastrophe in Japan. Her major concern was about her sister living in Tokyo and her friends in Osaka.
“The telephone lines were jammed and there was no way to find out the plight of our loved ones back home. I used to pray a lot, until confirmation came that my sister was alright,” she added.
Read more about how meditation and yoga is helping disaster victims cope here.