Yogi in a Hurricane
Facing the possibility of a Category 4 Hurricane gives a potent lesson in the yogic principle of non-attachment. Watch my video above to hear more :)
Greetings yogis! Last week, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, the Bahamas, and the southeastern coast of the United States. My hometown, Cocoa Beach, FL was on mandatory evacuation. Though I wasn't home for the actual hurricane, it was a stressful time, waiting to see if the hurricane would level our home or not. We were predicted to have 140mph winds and up to 9 feet of storm surge, which would have left devastating flooding and damage. By some miracle, the hurricane stayed just off the coast instead of hitting us directly. We still had a lot of downed trees, damaged roofs, ruined signs, power outages etc, around town, but it wasn't nearly as bad as predicted.
It was a stressful time. I still managed to practice yoga but it was hard to have a clear mind and my body felt stiff and heavy from the stress. We came home to a slightly bruised and battered town and a bit of a mess in the yard, but feeling so lucky that that was the worst of it.
Some places were not as lucky as we were in Central Florida--namely, Haiti. Several hundred people lost their lives in a country that is already facing a lot of struggles as the western hemisphere's poorest country. Thousands more lost their homes or entire villages and now face starvation and threat of disease. If you feel called to make a donation to assist Haitians in this time, check out Charity Navigator's list of reputable charities aiding in the hurricane relief. I donated to the Haitian Health Foundation.
Thanks for reading. Remember to count your blessings this week and be good to one another :)