The first of five Sutras

As I was reminiscing on the past weeks events: storm, electricity gone, gas shortage, tree limb abundance, heat, heat, and did I mention heat?   I began to think about the lessons that I had learned through all that I had been through during the course of the storm and its aftermath.

I came up with five sutras for weathering any storm (be it a hurricane or any other storm that presents itself to you in life whether physical or emotional). I will be sharing these with you Happiness Hunters over the next five weeks as we continue to weather the storms of life together.

The first of my sutras is:

True Power comes from within. (When you’ve lost your ability to connect to the outside world your ability to connect within is amped up).

There was a point this past week when I heard myself telling someone “Oh, we don’t have power yet.”

When I realized what I was saying I winced. I immediately rephrased and then adopted the alternative “We don’t have electricity yet.”

True POWER comes from within. We all hold the power to choose our thoughts, which creates our perceptions, which in turn establishes our reality. This is an inside job that has nothing to do with downed electric lines and Florida Power and Light!

By this simple shift in my perception I suddenly felt stronger and more empowered. I may have to deal with the aftermath of a hurricane but I don’t have to play the part of a victim while doing so.

When you’ve lost your ability to connect to the outside world your ability to connect within is amped up.

From the very first moment I opened my eyes the day after Hurricane Irma left us I was inundated with text messages from concerned friends and family asking if I was alright. The problem was that I couldn’t reply. My cell service was allowing me to receive text messages but I couldn’t send any. I couldn’t get on Facebook and there was absolutely no way for me to connect to people other than the people that were physically nearby.

I discovered however, with the absence of internet and cell phone service my mind was a lot more quiet. I could feel the tug of my internal GPS. I tuned in intuitively to a still spot of peace inside of me and I felt this overwhelming urge to spend time cultivating that.

I already have a daily practice of prayer and meditation and my personal development game is pretty strong, but I felt the nudge to dive even deeper inside. I prayed, and prayed more. I became heavily meditated. I read books that helped to align me with the most right thinking that I could and as a result I discovered a peace that permeated the heat, permeated the sadness and confusion that I felt initially from the storms destructive passing, a peace that I felt draped over me like the veil of a bride.

In this peaceful state I realized that it doesn’t matter how connected we are globally if we aren’t connected to our inner strength..our inner power.

In the coming weeks as we all move forward with our endeavors to recover a semblance of our pre-Irma life, I invite you to gently take this and the forth coming sutras to heart and cultivate them in your own unique ways to bring more peace and happiness into your corner of the world.

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