The October 29, 2011 Snow Storm in Connecticut

November 28, 2011 by  
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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,

Daily Wisdom: Storm Brings Connection

August 25, 2011 by  
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1. WISDOM: What is the wisdom you would like to give me today?

Today, take pressure off yourself NOW.  Just because there seems to be a storm (Hurricane Irene) on the horizon, allow yourself to remain in the NOW – at peace.

Hurricane Irene - Aug. 25, 2011

Since you are a part of Mother Earth, all storms in her energy field are a part of you and reflect/express the inner storms of your emotions.  Be completely at peace – LOVE is still the answer.

Love yourself.

Love the Earth.

Love the storm – for it brings transformation and connection.

When there is flooding, it reminds us that we are part of the Earth – her partner, not her controller.  Floods wash away what may no longer be appropriate for Mother Earth to carry on her body.

When there is loss of property, it reminds us that all is transitional – that change is the only constant.  We must be ready to let go of the old to make space to receive the new.  We can then go WITH the change.  We can prepare, but do not RESIST.

When there is loss of electric power, we can choose to hear the nature sounds again, to see the night sky as it is mean to be seen, and to remember our partnership with Mother Earth and the Nature Spirits.  We can rediscover our own creativity to entertain ourselves and each other.

When there is what you falsely term a “natural disaster,” there is the emergence of community, cooperation, and the real connection between people that replaces the virtual world’s artificial imitation of connections.  You have an opportunity to see and touch and hear people who are physically present.

2. LESSON: What are you trying to teach me?

It is time to LOVE change – to TRUST completely that whatever happens




3. RESISTANCE: What have I been resistant to accepting in the past that I’m ready to receive now?

Change is not dangerous or bad.  Change simply IS.  If you LOVE it and go with the change, you eliminate or dramatically reduce the pain that resistance creates.

3 a — SURRENDER: What do I need to surrender?

Fear of change.

3 b — ACCEPT: What do I need to accept?

Love, and that you are worthy of it, and that all is truly as you have created it and mean for it to be.

4. ACTION: What action would you have me take today to serve my highest path?

Connect with the Nature Spirits and Mother Earth, and the other beings on your property.  Have a “committee meeting” to prepare for the weather that is coming.  Work together as a team.


5 a — SURRENDER: In order to receive my highest truth, what idea, behavior, or belief do you want me to surrender?


5 b —ADOPT: To live my highest truth, what new idea, behavior, or belief would you like me to adopt today?

Total Trust.

Focus on the outcome you CHOOSE to experience .

Be the Divine Creator that you already are.

Love others as you love yourself.  Love the Earth.  Love the storm.  Love the change.




To progress on our paths, we must be willing to make changes.

  • We must be willing to surrender limiting beliefs and ways of being.
  • We must also be willing to adopt new beliefs, new ways of being.

Both of these are challenging for us, at times, to do.

So to start off, we ask for the information. Then, if we are truly willing to change – to expand and to give up limitation – we begin one step at a time.

We surrender. . . and if that feels too difficult, we ASK FOR HELP and set the intention to surrender.

We accept something new . . . and if that feels too difficult, we ASK FOR HELP and set the intention to adopt the new way of being.