Hurricane Sandy: When External Power Goes Out, Look for Internal Power


We live in a world of uncertainty.  To believe we can somehow “control” what happens around us is an illusion.  Sure, we can make efforts to be prepared; that’s wise thinking.  But when acts of nature or terrorism or random violence confronts us, as painful as it may be, we should take these events and use them as “teaching moments.” 

I live in an area hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.  We were without power and lost most forms of communication for many days.  Our challenges were nothing compared to those whose homes were burned to the ground in Breezy Point, New York, or those who had a tree strike and kill a loved one, or the 40,000 New Yorkers who are presently homeless.  What do we do with all the hardship?

Giving, through volunteering or with donations, and offering prayer and compassionate and healing energy is meaningful and helps all around. Yet how can we feel protected from the gut wrenching chaos and turbulent  emotions we encounter?  This is where establishing a spiritual practice (meditation, prayer, breath work) shows its great value.  Beginning and maintaining these “habits” becomes an investment.  It reveals itself as an insurance policy when disaster, of any sort, arises.

Once we have received the gift of going within and we keep it as a steady friend, we have a place to go for solace.  Our connection to Divine Energy and Truth encircles us and reminds us that WE are far more than the catastrophic events unfolding around us.  That WE can retreat to our inner stillness and experience healing.  That WE are not alone but rather are connected to Divine Grace.  That nothing, NO – THING, can take away the values of love, compassion, and kindness that dwell at the essence of our being.

Even in the midst of the storm, blessings flow.  Nothing tests our resolve more than crisis.  At those times in my life when I have felt bereft of hope and immersed in sadness, I have always found this quote comforting:

The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.

Bernadette Devlin

If you find these words comforting as well, please let me know.  The purpose of these posts is to create an environment where we can come together in a spirit of mutual respect and kindness  — to create a safe harbor in a storm.

With love and namaste, Deanne

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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    • Dear Caron,I think you moved out just in time!  It’s crazy over here.Thank you for your kind words and for posting my blog on Facebook.  People in this region are hurting.  Yesterday, they sent children home early because of the blizzard.  One bus got stuck and the school had no idea where it was.  Panic time for parents.  We are ready for winter to end, and it hasn’t even started yet.  It’s a goofy world!Love,Deanne

      • …and to think, my biggest worry about moving to Cleveland was the weather and it all seems to be hitting the northeast instead. We were coming back from Belgium on the day of the hurricane and were lucky to catch one of the last flights out of JFK to Ohio. My heart goes out to you and everyone in the sweet little hamlet I once called home. May the sun shine down upon you all very soon. Love, Caron

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