As I write, we here in California are experiencing a Federal State of Emergency in Southern, CA. My area is fairly safe from fires with the nearest approximately 15-20 miles away which seems close but it isn’t.
I am praying for safety for all and that an angelic, thick, foam of fire retardant and extinguishing agents miraculously covers the area and puts out the fires. I also think about how this takes form in my own life. The three things that contributed to the fires spreading are overgrown, dry brush, lack of humidity and high winds. So, when I look within I wonder where is the overgrown weeds that are cluttering my thoughts or dreams? Where in my life have I planted good seed that needs moisture and nurturing? And, where in my life do I have high winds, too much talk, not enough action or, where I’m letting a whirlwind of thoughts cause confusion or mayhem? Years ago, I was in an operational job that seemed to have lots of emergencies. I found myself “backlighting” fires on myself that got out of control by not paying attention to ALL that was going on. I would be too focused on the big emergencies, fires, and missing the small embers that were smoldering behind me.
Today, as I think of constructive thoughts as the fires rage outside, I realize there are three things I need to do to prevent my own firestorm:
Cutback the shrubs and weeds from my dreams. Watch my words since “words have life.” Speak and think only of good. I attended a workshop this weekend by Greg Mooers of www.lifecamp.com where he asked us to spend 3 to 1 the amount of time talking and mental focus/prep on our dreams versus dwelling on the past.
Remember to nurture and water my dreams and goals. Don’t let them dry up from neglect. Visualize and keep pictures in front of me of what I want to accomplish.
Meditate. When my mind chatter gets out of control, I haven’t spent time in silence meditating. The other culprit is when I’m not living in the present moment. I’m either future fantasizing or catastrophizing (made up word ) or reliving the past. In the present there is only now. “Am I safe right now?” “Yes.” And, breathe…breathe…breathe…
If you pray, please pray for no wind and that the fires miraculously go out, just like turning off a gas stove. If you don’t pray, send good thoughts and love to those who are living the devastation of their homes. And, take a moment to Weed, Water and Meditate as necessary for your own life and dreams. Oh yes, and be grateful.
Abundant Blessings, Kamin
Greetings, Lovely Lady!
I know that these words soaked into my un-conscious when you first wrote them. And they’ve been growing ever since, slowly but surely.
Good to see you back on the ‘Web –