Changing Ourselves First Before Our Country

MARCH 11th and Changing Ourselves First Before the Country

This March 11th I am with all of Japan and the many of you who continue to change the country in small ways and large.
Nations do not change, only individuals.  Hence, the real hard work is not in a public demonstration or movement, but within each of us.
And it is a long and arduous path often made of the smallest steps forward (for me with my fall off the scooter quite literal this year after breaking the neck of my femur) but worthwhile and joyful if one takes it in stride.
Rather than promising large impossible actions this year, given my struggles with rebuilding my own bone after the fall from the scooter, I am going to do small actions for myself and Japan this year with joy, love and focus.
I will focus on rebuilding my roots — rather than searching for the fruit of actions.
Those roots this year will focus on my love of painting and meditation — fusing both in new ways.  To commence, I have just posted a book trailer on Kizuna a fable I wrote & illustrated while I was in Japan.  It reminds me of my love for my country; one of my countries…
You are receiving it because you have touched me and Japan — given me hope in humanity.
Please view the short book trailer and pass it on to 3 others who have touched you after March 11th  — be it through small acts of kindness or large.  Do so on any day when you think someone needs a lift.

Press Like, Post it on Your Social Media or Make a Small Vow to Change Something in You for you and your Love of Yourself and of this World.

What matters is you do something small today.
It need not be large, something very small like me — painting or studying a few kanji a day.  Nothing grand, something very hard and small !
Why?   The small steps matter.  And done daily, these small steps do create change.
The soil, the ground work, the daily watering or the daily meditation, these are the things that no one notices or knows, but that bring fundamental change to ourselves.
And to our Nations.
The large steps are just the fruit of our actions.  Let us begin small to create something deep and beautiful together.
With joy and much to learn from each of you as we take small steps together in the same direction,
Nathalie Ishizuka

About the Author

Nathalie Ishizuka

Nathalie Ishizuka, a Franco-Japanese from New York, is Director of the Movement Beyond Our Best: Re-inventing Ourselves Silently. She is a meditation coach accompanying visionaries committed to changing themselves with tested techniques of meditation and one area of competence beyond a previous best.