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4 Ways to Survive Earthquake, Tsunami and War March 20, 2011

Posted by Ann Bertorelli in Personal Observations.
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hang on

Well, I got up bright and early this morning (well, not that early but it was bright). While I waited for the coffee to finish  brewing I logged onto the internet. My homepage announced, “”Gadhafi vows ‘Long War.’ Holy shit! Another war. And this on top of  an two major earthquakes (Japan and New Zealand), a tsunami, an economy that keeps struggling to right itself, melting polar ice caps, and the list goes on. After reading that headline my thoughts went back to Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and a whole bunch of other places that did not make me feel great. All of a sudden a bright day had become dimmer.

Thoughts are things

So even though I had another topic in mind for today, I decided that my world needed this one. Since I believe that we create our reality through our words and thoughts, I know that there needs to be a way of keeping a positive/productive mood in the face of difficult times. Mike Dooley, one of my heroes has a tagline that sums it up. “Thoughts become things… choose the good ones! ®”

Finding the quiet

As I began to write this post I turned my TV to the music channel and the first song that played was called, “Finding the Quiet.” How appropriate—guess I’m meant to write on this topic. How do we ‘find the quiet’ in a noisy, sometimes disturbing world? That quiet place is always present but sometimes it gets preempted by our fearful thoughts.

How to step out of fearful thoughts

Here are some practices that I have found useful.

  1. Avoid over-exposure to the news. Don’t get hung up on the blow by blow account of every tragedy that’s going on. Yes, we need to know what is going on the world but we don’t need to be a walking encyclopedia of misery and misfortune.Stay tuned in enough to be aware of what’s going on and then turn off the TV, radio, or internet.
  2. Do what you can do to help. One of the first things I do in the face of disasters is to send money to organizations who are helping. It’s my opinion that we should all do that, no matter what our financial circumstances. We are a human community and we must help one another to survive, thrive, and re-group after tragedy and misfortune And if you think about it, you and I are very, very fortunate and wealthy.
  3. Pray.(Remember I have said that if you don’t believe in God you are reading the wrong blog.) Turning over our worries, fears, misfortunes to a higher power is comforting. It’s also been shown that when a concentrated effort on positive outcomes is present it can change a seemingly impossible situation. (read The Intention Experiment by Lynn McTaggert). Since I am an angel therapy practitioner ®, I also request the help of angels and envision them assisting the people who need assistance, comfort and better outcomes. Think miracles!
  4. Avoid awfulizing. Awfulizing is my term for runaway thoughts that may or may not come to fruition but which definitely paralyze us. Instead, expect and envision positive outcomes. When you speak of situations don’t speak of the hopelessness of them but instead focus on signs of hope and progress. And if you just can’t come up with anything in the situation that fits that criteria—simply avoid discussing it until you can. Think and talk about something else. Move your focus to ‘the good ones’ until you can get your mood  in a better place. Or do as I did this week, ask a friend to have a conversation with you to help you see something different. Getting in a better place is not optional—it is essential.

Well, I don’t know about you but I’m feeling better.  I’m going to keep the TV news and the internet at bay and have a peaceful Sunday. I wish you the same. May you find the quiet…..

—Amara

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