The October 29, 2011 Snow Storm in Connecticut

November 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Nedda, New Posts


How It All Began … and What I Experienced

My driveway and the street Oct. 30, 2011 at dawn – both totally buried.

October 29, 2011 – I am finally ready to take a yoga class that I’ve been promising myself for over a year, and so, of course, the snow that was predicted this a.m. has arrived 2 hours early. Still, the yoga studio is only 10 minutes away by car, so despite the fact that most people forget how to drive in snow over the summer, I’m going!!

That was my state of mind the day that the big snowfall of more than 16” of heavy, soggy snow feel in Connecticut and knocked out electricity for nearly 2 weeks. I went to the yoga class, and afterwards, did something I had never done before a storm – I stopped and filled the gas tank and went to the ATM for some cash. Maybe it was the breaking of a branch of a very young tree near the yoga studio when I came out to find nearly 4” of snow had fallen on my car in about 90 minutes.

So home I headed, ready for a hot tub with Epsom salts, only to have the power turn off before I could get into the bath. I stayed relatively dirty and somewhat stiff for 12 days of electrical outage.

It is my opinion that you can never be fully prepared for the unexpected. After all, isn’t that what “unexpected” means? The Experiment in International Living teaches us to “expect the unexpected” when travelling abroad, but I think that this slogan is actually a good metaphor for life. This is even more true today as the ascension energies continue to flow in and to change our physiology.

Anyway, I had some candles, some flashlights, and a lantern. I have a Coleman camping stove that uses propane, and I had some of that, too. I had some bottles filled with water for drinking and for flushing the toilet. So I did what I have learned to do: I opened my heart to gratitude and appreciation, those amazing energies that put us into a place of receiving, and I gave thanks for everything that I already had and would be receiving. Then I said, “I know that everything will be taken care of perfectly. Thank you. So be it.”

I’m sure you don’t need to read a blow-by-blow description of how I spent the next 12 days, but I do want to share a few very precious aspects of this experience with you.

  1. I had purchased an L. L. Bean down comforter in August and it kept me, Violet, and Sakhara snug and warm despite the temperature in the house staying mostly at 45 degree Fahrenheit, day and night.
  2. If you are going camping, sleeping on a sofa is much better than sleeping on the hard ground, at least for my physical body. Yes, it’s a bit tight with two cats insisting on being there with you, but the warmth and snuggling was wonderful.
  3. Reconnecting with nature – the blessed quiet – seeing the stars at night, no longer blocked out by street lamps – enjoying the beauty of the snow fall – nothing can compare to this.
  4. Doing the physical work of lighting a fire, keeping it going, hauling water, and so forth, actually felt good. By dark, I was ready to sleep and I slept very well every night – except the first one when the

    To determine the extent of the damage, they had to use helicopters because nearly all the roads were blocked.

    sounds of trees twisting and breaking and falling and landing with great crashes was both scary and sad.

  5. Using my ingenuity to problem solve – like putting old horse buckets under the dripping roof to collect water for the toilets – gave me a sense of empowerment.

Perhaps the greatest gift of all was living in the NOW moment. I would wake up in the morning and think, “What am I going to do today?” Without a phone, without a computer, it seemed as though I had nothing at all to do.

But as soon as I crawled out from under that warm comforter, it was very clear what I had to do, i.e., put on some more clothes, light some candles, start a fire, get a cup of hot tea, warm water to warm the cat’s raw food. Once I had done those things, the rest of each day lined itself up immediately.

Each day was completely FULL of doing the basic things that needed to be done. It gave me a great appreciation for our ancestors, who had no electricity ever and had to work physically very hard to accomplish the basics of survival. And it was fun to discover that I COULD do it all.

More, later.  Namaste,

The Seed of Equivalent Benefit

November 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Food for Thought

When one of my sisters was still in grammar school, she admitted to me that when she was younger, she used to think that when Florida was sold by Spain to the US, it was cut off from Spain, floated across the ocean, and attached to the southern border of the east coast.  Makes sense to me!

Isn’t it amazing, the things we “used to think” were true?  Or maybe the things we think are true now are more amazing?

I remember the first time I went to Europe.  I was about 18 and headed to Scotland for 2 months on the Experiment in International Living.  I remember thinking, “Now I’ll find out if Europe is really there or if all the stuff they told us in school is just made up.”  Sure enough, I looked out the window of the airplane as it passed over Ireland, and there was land below us looking quite different from the New England we had left many hours earlier.  When we got off the plane, we were in France and everyone spoke French.  Proof, right?

We tend to laugh at the “innocence” of children, but really, we should be laughing at ourselves.  We keep making all kinds of false assumptions about our lives. 

For example, we all assume that everything important in our lives that is going well will remain the same indefinitely.  We hope things will improve;  we fear that they might not.  But many times we settle for just hanging in there.

Change, however, is the only constant in our lives.  That’s it!  The sooner we stop fearing it and start embracing it, the happier we will all be.  How can we achieve this? 

Each thing contains it’s opposite.  The yin-yang symbol demonstrates this for us.  Look how each side has a small circle of the other within it.   This is also true of every event and situation in our lives. 

We might, at first, react to something as if it were a terrible event.  But if we search for the SEED OF EQUIVALENT BENEFIT within it, we will find one.  And even if that seed seems very tiny at first, focusing on it with intent and putting some joyful emotion into it will cause that seed to sprout and grow into something beautiful.  I’ve done this many times in my life, and the results have always been amazing.  Give it a try!