Author Archive for: ‘Jake Norton’

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Lord #Shiva, commonly known as the God…

Lord #Shiva, commonly known as the God of Destruction, is one of the most popular deities in #Nepal, and is often represented by the #lingam, seen here at #Pashupatinath Temple in #Kathmandu. Shiva’s nature, however, is far more complex than simple destruction: He is not a god of wanton destruction, but rather destroys with the intent of regeneration, of transformation and re-creation with the removal of evil, ignorance, and hubris and an increase in positive power, strength, and beauty. As I sift through thoughts and mourning over the devastating losses in Nepal, I find myself searching for a silver lining, a glint of light at the end of the long tunnel.
Disasters such as the #NepalEarthquake are never fair, never simple, and always tragic. But, already through the dust one can see glimmers of Shiva’s regeneration: Stories of traditional #caste barriers dropping as villagers help one another regardless of age old, ingrained discrimination. Nepalis flood home from a vast diaspora, putting themselves at great risk and sacrificing hard-earned money to help their friends, their neighbors, their countrymen and women. Grassroots efforts springing up across the country and around the world, working together to collectively build and rebuild a very special place and people. And, mostly, the ever-inspiring tenacity and innate beauty of the Nepalese people, who continue onward through the challenges, carrying this load as they have so many in the past.
I can only hope that the world community can also be touched by Shiva’s transformative intent, and drop the old ways of forgetting and moving on, and instead remained focused on this very big and very real crisis. There is much work yet to do, much support yet to give, much compassion and assistance and love needed. It will take us all, as a human community, to rally to Nepal’s side. Perhaps, through the landslides and dust and blood and suffering of the earthquake, some of Shiva’s transformative light can shine on us all.
#HelpCarryTheLoad #liveyouradventure #person2person4nepal #nepaliloveyou

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When I first met him, Karma Tshering…

When I first met him, Karma Tshering was busy carving the ubiquitous Tibetan Buddhist “Om mani padme hum” #mantra into stone on the side of the steep trails outside #Phortse, #Nepal. It looked like hard work, his arthritic fingers twisted around handles of wooden tools. But, he kept on, diligently chipping out the mantra associated with #Avalokiteshvara, the #bodhisattva of #compassion. While complex in definition and debated in meaning, many identify the mantra – carved in stone, spun on prayer wheels, flapping on prayer flags – as being the mantra of compassion, and of the desire to free sentient beings from suffering. Perhaps we all can symbolically join the arthritic fingers of Karma Tshering, engage the cause of compassion, and #HelpCarryTheLoad for Nepal. See link in profile for ways to help. #liveyouradventure #nepalearthquake #givetonepal #prayfornepal #p2p4nepal

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#Nepal was rocked again today by another…

#Nepal was rocked again today by another powerful aftershock, this one magnitude 7.3 with an epicenter in #Chautara area east of #Kathmandu along the Friendship Highway leading to #Tibet. This photo of morning #chiyaa (Nepali chai) being made was taken in the village of #Chaubas, not far from the latest epicenter. The situation in Nepal is far from over, despite the media’s attention elsewhere. Please stay engaged, please share, and please keep giving to long term relief and rebuilding efforts – see link in profile for suggestions. Together, we can all #HelpCarryTheLoad for Nepal and the millions who need us.

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Yesterday, we celebrated mothers, those amazing beings…

Yesterday, we celebrated mothers, those amazing beings who bring us into this world, nurture us, support and protect us, share with us their love and laughter and wisdom. How many children in #Nepal no longer have a mother to celebrate? How many mothers no longer have children to love? How many families had their lives shredded on April 25, their livelihoods and relationships and all they knew buried in the rubble of falling buildings, crumbling mountainsides, cascading avalanches?
And, how many around the world have already forgotten the need that still exists, the suffering ongoing, the motherless children and childless mothers?
Please keep the story of Nepal alive. Let’s all continue to #HelpCarryTheLoad. Nepal will rebuild. Nepal will rise from the ashes of tragedy. But, we all need to pitch in.

If you can give – even a small amount – please see the link in my profile to support dedicated groups on the ground.

#nepalearthquake #mothersday #liveyouradventure #rebuildnepal

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#tbt to the Langtang Valley in 1992….

#tbt to the Langtang Valley in 1992. Our porters, soon to become friends and then family, Kancha (Membar), Minjou, and Dindou Tamang in Dhunche. Today, 23 years later, I pulled back into @holdernesstoday , the place that helped enable me to go to Nepal that first time and opened so many other doors, taught so many critical lessons. As I write, i have no idea of the fate of my three friends above. I know their village – the small hamlet of Gri in the lower Ganesh Himal – was likely destroyed by the April 25 #earthquake. It may be disappearing from the world headlines, but the needs of #Nepal have not dimished in two weeks; if anything, they’ve only grown and become more pressing as the monsoon nears and aid struggles to reach rural communities. Please help many of us to keep the #nepalearthquake in the news and to keep the money flowing to those working on the ground. The rebuild will take time, funds, and a whole lot of dedication and compassion. You can #HelpCarryTheLoad by clicking on the link in my profile and/or by contributing here: https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/raise-nepal/ #powerofsocialmedia @eddiebauer #liveyouradventure

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Nepalis have carried loads for visiting foreigners for many decades. It's time we return the favor. Can you #HelpCarryTheLoad? If so, see link in my profile (https://www.crowdrise.com/HelpCarrytheLoad). Shoot a video, make a donation, and challenge your friends to do the same. Together, with donations big and small, far and widex we can help carry the load for #Nepal and make a difference today, and long into the future. | In this photo, a #Tamang porter carries a heavy load of trekking supplies in the #Khumbu Valley near #Everest, Nepal.

Nepalis have carried loads for visiting foreigners…

Nepalis have carried loads for visiting foreigners for many decades. It’s time we return the favor. Can you #HelpCarryTheLoad? If so, see link in my profile (https://www.crowdrise.com/HelpCarrytheLoad). Shoot a video, make a donation, and challenge your friends to do the same. Together, with donations big and small, far and widex we can help carry the load for #Nepal and make a difference today, and long into the future. | In this photo, a #Tamang porter carries a heavy load of trekking supplies in the #Khumbu Valley near #Everest, Nepal. #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #nepalearthquake #nepalquake #everydayasia #everydaynepal
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Can you #HelpCarryTheLoad for #Nepal? If so,…

Can you #HelpCarryTheLoad for #Nepal? If so, do this:

1. Shoot a short video of you carrying a friend on your back. If you want, say something to the effect of: “We’re helping carry the load. Can you help too?” And, if you can’t piggyback someone, you don’t have to miss out – just show yourself carrying something – big or small, heavy or light – we can all make a difference and #HelpCarryTheLoad!
2. Make a donation to key groups on the ground in Nepal at https://www.crowdrise.com/HelpCarrytheLoad.
3. Share your video far and wide with the hashtag #HelpCarryTheLoad, include these directions in your share, and ask your friends to make their own video.

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East of Kathmandu, in places like here…

East of Kathmandu, in places like here along the Friendship Highway in Kavrepalanchowk and beyond, the devastation from the #nepalearthquake was heavy. Aid is starting to trickle in to more remote areas like this, and #Rasuwa, #Lamjung, #Gorkha, and more. But the meed remains great for immediate #earthquake #relief, and also long term, sustainable development to help with rebuilding shattered rural communities. Please keep your interest focused on helping in any and all ways you can. #Nepal #NepalQuake #everydaynepal #everydayasia #givetonepal #dontjustpray

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The cobblestone streets of #Bhaktapur, circa 1993….

The cobblestone streets of #Bhaktapur, circa 1993. One of my favorite cities in the world, Bhaktapur is an intricate mix of urban and rural, with ancient brick homes, bedecked with ornamented wooden windows, lining winding paths filled with smiles.
At least 50% of that is now gone forever, reduced to rubble by the earthquake. Homes are demolished, orphanages crumbled, hospitals broken, and 300 year old monuments shattered in minutes…along with countless lives lost and forever changed.

Please help #Nepal however you can. Make a donation today. Get in touch if you are going over to help. And remember this will not be finished when the news stops reporting. The rebuilding of lives and communities will take years, so keep giving, please.

#jainepal #nepalearthquake #nepalquake #liveyouradventure
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Going to bed with a heavy heart after trying all day, and ultimately failing, to match the director of many orphanages in Kathmandu with tents on the ground to house his growing number of orphaned children. Tonight, again, many of them are sleeping out in the rain. Please, mobilize all your networks. If someone is going to #Nepal, get in touch. We can get gear in, match it with needs, and make a difference now.

Going to bed with a heavy heart…

Going to bed with a heavy heart after trying all day, and ultimately failing, to match the director of many orphanages in Kathmandu with tents on the ground to house his growing number of orphaned children. Tonight, again, many of them are sleeping out in the rain.

Please, mobilize all your networks. If someone is going to #Nepal, get in touch. We can get gear in, match it with needs, and make a difference now.

#NepalQuake #nepalearthquake #jainepal

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