When the Unexpected Happens
I woke up this morning to see a part of Nashville, where I lived for 29 years, had been devastated by a tornado. Twenty-one years ago, almost to the day, there was another tornado that hit the same area and the area I was living. I remember the day as if it were yesterday:
I was playing the piano in the front room of my house. Suddenly, without provocation, the windows felt as if they were going to burst from their frames. I looked outside and saw porch furniture swirling in circles. I grabbed my dog and ran into the bathtub. Literally one minute later, silence fell on Silvan Park, Tennessee.
I slowly got out of the tub, walked precariously to the front door and open it to a disaster. Everything from my side of the street—the huge trees, the furniture, even some cars, had been heaped onto the other side of the street, where roofs were torn off.
I went into a disaster mode. I don’t know how my body or mind became ready for it, but I knew what to do and how to collect my neighbors and bring compassion and safety into a place that had just experienced mayhem. (Perhaps, growing up in a house that was permanent mayhem, helped.)
The neighbors all gathered together and began to unwind and unhook from the problem, while we waited on police, firemen, and the electric company to get to us. We had no power for two entire weeks.
Most of our stressful thoughts, even negative mind messages begin with a compulsive thought. We must gain control over these subconscious triggers.
The object is to become an Observer, not a Judge and Jury, of the situation. When you can enter into this place, you enter into your God part of your mind, omniscient and in the moment, which is where you need to be to give efficacy to the situation.
We just have to stop believing them!” (Change your unhealthy thought process to a positive connection.)
The Physiology of Meditation:
By going into a subconscious, light sleep, while being conscious enough to remember your thoughts, you reach this not-so-hard place of omniscience. The work begins in the frontal cortex of your brain!
Disconnect the root cause (stress, relationship problems, no quality ME time) at the foot of the pathway (the place where our response to triggers happens) and build a healthy, new pathway to positive outcomes in your life—a new story for tomorrow. We need this sanctuary for times like these.