Preparing for Hurricane Irene “Just in Case” & The Law of Attraction

As I write this on Saturday afternoon, some hours before Hurricane Irene will reach here, I’d say I’m ready.  I’ve listened to what one needs to do to prepare for a hurricane. Having never been through a hurricane before, I admit I was a bit nervous. As someone who understands how the law of attraction works, “nervous” is not a vibe I intend to keep for very long, so I knew I had to figure out a way to shift my vibe surrounding this whole experience (or I would end up creating a whole lot of things to be nervous about)!

In the days leading up to today, “being prepared” felt like a “just in case” feeling to me. Our Mayor Bloomberg was saying, “prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” That wasn’t feeling so good to me because it felt like a wishy-washy vibration: a “just in case” feeling on the one hand, believing all will be ok and on the other hand, trying to control the way it goes–just in case (which isn’t believing at all). Yes, it’s a vicious cycle, which is what I went through yesterday wondering if I would go to New Jersey with some friends or stay here in New York. So I was a bit “stuck” and had little faith and definitely did not “know” what to do. I wasn’t listening to my inner guidance but the contrast of it all definitely helped me pay attention.

While that is how I was feeling, for others, the “just in case” feeling might be a feeling of relief, so that would work very well for them.  When we reach for a feeling of relief, we move up the vibrational scale and we’re on our way to better feeling thoughts, feelings and situations.  Yesterday I wasn’t in that place and nothing was feeling very relieving so I knew I had some work to do.  So it was time to shift how I’ve been feeling about this hurricane named Irene who may be visiting.

In thinking about being prepared, I was reminded about my days of being a Girl Scout, as our motto was “Always Be Prepared.” Thinking about my experience with Girl Scouts was a better feeling experience. So prepare is what I’ve done!  I listened and read about how to prepare and have done the best I can. And I’ve shifted how I’m feeling about it. It’s not a “just in case” feeling anymore,  but one of feeling more relaxed in the knowing that I’ve got all that I could ever need. It’s also a feeling of appreciation for my government officials, offices, the media and family and friends who’ve offered suggestions on how to be prepared in this situation. It’s wonderful there are so many resources out there to assist me and others who knew nothing about preparing for a hurricane. I do appreciate each and everyone of them!

Remembering the Girl Scout days had me thinking about camping, friends, playing the guitar and singing around a campfire and eating S’mores! What great memories! That led me to inspiration of “preparedness a la Spirited Strider”: in addition to the usual stuff, I added extra phones in case my battery on my current one runs out (I do love to talk!),  2 iPods for listening to music and meditations, plus a journal and pen to write or doodle if I feel so inspired!

So now I’ve found myself chuckling a bit. And I know THAT is a very good thing! So am I nervous? Nope. I’m good and I know all will be well with me.

I just learned that the worst of Irene will probably start here around 10 pm, through the night and into Sunday morning. I’m intending a restful sleep while she visits. I’m ready and I’d be just fine if Irene decided to sleep, too!

On that note, I think it’s time to sing! In fact, maybe I’ll get my guitar out and personally sing Irene a lullaby to go to sleep and out to sea!  Good night, Irene, good night! This is Johnny Cash’s version. Go ahead and sing along! Let’s serenade Irene to sleep!

Opportunities in The Midst of Political Chaos

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I spent a bit of time this past week watching the news. I usually don’t regularly watch the news anymore, as it doesn’t always feel good to me. In fact, I’d say most of the time, it doesn’t feel good: the stories of robberies, muggings, fires, and murders seem to escalate from one story to the next. Each negative “story” creates a bit of tension in my stomach, and often gives me a heavy heart. I take those reactions quite seriously as I know that energy is not good for me.

Granted, the news occasionally throws in a lighter story that might even inspire or make me giggle, but it’s often sandwiched within the 30 minutes of making even the sports’ news dramatic: with gossip, speculation, highlights of brawls and so on. And we all know how the weather report can bring us “news” of heavy storms, droughts, devastation and a long list of other possible scenarios. Yet I personally find  getting out in nature as one of the most peaceful, conscious-raising and spiritual experiences.

But “the news” doesn’t usually choose the opportunity it has to enlighten us, make us feel good, to cast the day’s stories in a positive light and to make a difference in world at the same time. Granted, it’s not their job to make us happy, as we each must make that choice ourselves. So we have a choice in whether we watch the news or not, how we choose to feel about what we watch and how we choose to react to all this negative and “alarming” vibes that are often communicated.

So this past week or so, I watched our U.S. politicians talk a lot about money, our debt ceiling issue and I saw: fighting, pushing against, accusations, pointing fingers, anger, pride, failed communication, rigidity, fear, and anxiety, to name a few things. (There were more!) It left me with a feeling of disgust and frustration. But it also reminded me that this was my opportunity to shift how I was reacting to it all and intend a world a whole lot better. After all, I know how the law of attraction works!

The world is not coming to an end as a result of all of this.  We are all still here. That’s a good thing. This is an opportunity to learn from this experience. Rather than worry about the U.S.’s new, lower credit rating and what that means, casting blame at how we got there, repeating stories of whose fault it is and creating a fear and panic about where we’re going, this is an opportunity for us to unite toward solutions that feel better. We can do that by finding things to appreciate in this situation right now.

Is there anything to appreciate in all of this? Sure there is! For those who didn’t vote the last election and to those who did, this is your opportunity to either continue to support your favorite candidate or choose someone else who is more aligned to the issues that are important to you. This is an opportunity to appreciate our democracy in so many ways: the freedom of the press, the fact that different opinions can be voiced at all publicly, and the freedom of a “checks-and-balances” system that is required before laws are passed. It’s an opportunity to appreciate our relationships (and especially when we witness such contrast as in the extreme ‘combative’ behavior by our elected officials)! This is an opportunity to cherish our present moments with each and every person who is near and dear to our hearts. There are endless ways to appreciate in all of this extreme contrast.

I don’t claim to have the answers to what you choose to appreciate or how to get to a place that feels better than this. I only know that I don’t want to get “sucked in” to the drama of what feels like endless debates in politics and on the news. So I’m turning the channel again! Besides, I can’t escape “the news.” I hear it from people around me, when I sign onto the internet, from Facebook and Twitter notifications and I don’t live in a cave! But I do choose not to internalize all of this: this is an opportunity for me to know what I really want for me, my life, my community, my country and my world.

So I’m recognizing the opportunity in this to set some “feel better” intentions on this topic: intentions of peace, harmony, prosperity, wellness, love, fairness, cooperation, hope and most of all–CHOICES. We all have a choice in this. The politicians have a choice in how they behave, interact, communicate and vote. This is our opportunity to make a different choice than the ones made leading up to this past week. I wonder if our leaders will seize this moment and see that they can start anew?  I will intend that they do!