Sunday, August 28, 2011
Gaia's gift of Weather: Thoughts on Hurricane Irene, Preparedness and Presence
In the days before the onset of the storm, I spent some time preparing myself and my home for the effects of the storm- making sure I had ways to care for myself, even if power went out or I was cut off from travel due to downed trees or flooding. I have extra water, a source of heat and fire for cooking (both a wood stove and wood and a propane cook stove), plenty of non perishable foods- canned fish, beans, hearty greens, lactofermented pickles, sauerkraut, apples and such. My herbal pantry is stocked with nervines, and I've been imbibing nervine teas with chamomile and lavender.
This storm is a reminder to be to always be living each moment fully- fully present, aware and connected. That each moment is precious- whether it is our last or one of many more to come. Things around us can change in the blink of an eye, or in a matter of hours in a storm. And to be well prepared for life's storms. Although we can't anticipate everything that might come our way, we can prepare ourselves, through attention and presence, and wise planning to have on hand the resources we might need in many cases. Food, medicine, community support, back up plans.
As the winds are picking up here, I'm struck by the awesome power and beauty in the storm at hand. It brings me closer to my humanity, and more in touch with the precious present moment, the trees that surround my house, the river that runs through this little mountain town, my senses are fully aware.
While this storm is blowing through, I'm thinking of the things I'd like to release and wash away, and what I'd like to breath power and life into. The elements of water and air- emotion and mental precision. Set your intention with forethought and passion- use the power of these elements to manifest, release and empower.
Wishing safety and peace to all as we journey through this storm!