This past week, we endured some of the strongest storms I’ve experienced in the 39 years I’ve lived in our house. We are blessed to live among many trees in a community aptly named Woodacre, a beautiful green oasis of peace and quiet where there are no streetlights, no public utilities gas, and no sidewalks. If 5 cars pass by our house in a day it’s a lot.
During the winters in our peaceful oasis, we often lose power. Tree limbs will often break off and land on power lines. We’re used to it. However, the storm that just passed through was loaded with rain and wind. In fact, the wind was so strong, it actually snapped off the top of one of our magnificent Redwood trees.
And there’s more to come tomorrow.
Worrying about what will happen during a storm does absolutely no good whatsoever. Yet, how do we manage to find peace when everything around us is chaotic and even threatening?
Honestly, I don’t have an answer. I think that’s one of the main questions we ask ourselves in life.
The closest I come to an answer is to connect with that part of us that lies beneath our conscious mind, the part of us that is part of the Universal Mind. That part is pure awareness. And, if I can be aware of what’s going on without getting triggered or emotionally plugged in to the situation, well, then, I can be at peace, if only for a nanosecond. Those nanoseconds provide us with the opportunity to practice peace and, as we are learning, are subject to the Law of Growth, which can take us to greater and greater peace with each nanosecond we can be aware.