Abstract: Honoring nature while also doing our best to make sense of why we go through natural disasters. Acknowledging the ability to choose how we respond in times of crisis. Reframing and embracing natural disaster as part of the shifting continuity, consciousness and ability to bring forth a new context of living. Tips on how to cultivate awareness, safety, wellness and being part of resolution in times of natural disaster.
All Earth’s creatures are nurtured, fed and housed by nature. Nature also delivers times of devastation by floods, volcanos, hurricanes, droughts, and earthquakes. We are in awe and appreciation of nature yet still making sense of why natural disasters happen to us. We respond in various ways including going through stages of physical, emotional and spiritual upheaval. Many people accept these turbulent experiences as random acts of nature, just as how life is. Some wonder if our collective stress, control and turbulence causes nature to be stressed and turbulent too? Deepak Chopra, pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, sees nature as linked to everything including our oil consumption, politics, war and global warming. He comments, “If the collective mind is turbulent then nature is turbulent. We tend to separate ourselves from nature, but we are not. Maybe if we settle down, nature will settle down too.”
What if we embrace natural disasters as a way to unravel our denial and shift our continuity? What if disasters teach us to make choices at point easy rather than at point crisis? Can natural disasters help connect us in bringing forth a new context of whole being wellness for all beings?
Natural disasters are often sudden and overwhelming. We can loose ourselves or choose bring forth the best in ourselves. The following tips can support us in cultivating new levels of being awareness and wellness as a result of natural disaster…
1. Loving ourselves, no matter what the conditions. Accept and embrace the responses we have to whatever is happening inside and on the outside. Deciding to stay connected with ourselves and our source.
2. Staying present while making life affirming choices. Wise decision-making is often challenging in a time of disaster and it’s aftermath. Staying present allows us to listen and take action on the guidance of our internal guidance system. Staying present can be a life saving decision.
3. Moving from the inside out. Letting our bodies move, vibrate and shake! It is amazing how quickly we can move through deep and overwhelming emotional states when we allow our emotions to vibrate, move and be expressed.
4. Taking full responsibility for how we are responding to what is happening. Reframing our experience to focus on the best things and opportunities that being offered to us. Ask ourselves if we could change our response to produce the outcome that we want, what would it be? How can we look at this experience in a different way that gives us a positive and energizing feeling?
5. Doing our best to stay healthy. Releasing tension and tightness in our bodies. Trusting our source will provide us sufficient food, rest and whatever we need in it's most perfect timing. Remembering that the source that gave us life is always with us and offering us what we need.. Our job is to recognize and receive all that we are being given.
6. Asking this question: What is the nature of experiencing the power of staying connected to ourselves, our source and our lives?
7. Avoiding excess exposure to dramatic and traumatic news. Getting the information we need, moving on and putting our focus on ways to reframe what is happening so we can be part of the resolution.
8. Using relaxation strategies such as breathing, laying our bodies on the Earth, massage, napping and listening to relaxing music. Listening to conversations that reframe disasters and remind us of all wonderful things that are also happening in the world.
9. Tapping. Emotional Freedom Techniques are very simple and can restore our inner balance, our thinking, emotional states and behavior. There are many youtube videos and books available to learn how.
10. Releasing any shame and guilt that is triggered by being a survivor or not being able to help people in the ways we wanted to. Letting go of the contracted energy of guilt and shame will open the space to reframe and be present as part of the resolution.
11. Reaching out to others. Overwhelm and trauma can cause us to separate and isolate ourselves. Reaching out allows the healing power of listening and being listened to. It reduces feelings of helplessness, betrayal and loss of faith.
12. Maintaining healthy boundaries. Disasters are particularly insidious because they tend to traumatize large populations of people at once. It is important to remember that we can stay present, have healthy boundaries and choose to make individuated choices on how we respond.
13. Conjuring up the gratitude that can support our emotional resiliency. Any small change in the perspective of what we can be grateful for has been scientifically proved to boost our sense of wellness, sanity and physical health. Gratitude includes extending something to another person, even if it is only a verbal affirmation of thanks. Gratitude triggers the release of antidepressant and mood-regulating chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and oxytocin, while inhibiting cortisol.
14. Meditating. Connecting with ourselves and our source allows us to enter deeper levels where healing takes place.
About the Author:
Crystal Presence is a certified guide, coach, author and facilitator of a five day event called Freedom at the Core. Her passion over the past 35 years has been offering a safe, fun and nurturing space to get clear on exactly what her clients want and what they need to make it happen. She guides them in uncovering hidden challenges, beliefs and energy that may be holding them back. The tools she offers allows their wellness process to be easier and much more fun than they ever expected. The experience leaves them feeling renewed, reenergized and inspired to set themselves free.