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Barbara O'Brien

After the Storm

By October 30, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy has come and gone. I woke up this morning gratified to find my electricity still works. I checked with my children, who live in Brooklyn, and they were well and high and dry from the floods.

Then I noticed I had no heat or hot water. My cell phone could not find a signal. Eventually I realized most of my apartment building is dark. For some reason, my apartment is a little oasis of lights and working appliances in a desert of electrical dysfunction.

Considering that people have lost their homes to flood and fire, I can't complain. This afternoon President Obama asked people to donate to the American Red Cross, and I think right now that's about as much as most of us can do.

October 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(1) Betty says:

I’m glad you’re ok and have electricity. How are the others fairing in your building? Now is a great time to meet you neighbors I doubt anyone is going to work today. Good luck!

October 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm
(2) hein says:

volcanic eruptions (europe 2010), earthquakes/tsunamis (japan 2011) and superstorms (usa 2012) do not last/are impermanent…
what is however more enduring are the the practice
and what better than the six paramitas….starting with generosity
thanks barbara for reminding us – as buddhist – how to face adversity or to prevail in trying times…wisdom and compassion!

October 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm
(3) Mila says:

yeah for electricity ….. and sponge-baths with water heated on the stove, while not ideal, are at least better than totally cold showers :)

November 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm
(4) Darwida says:

I have read and practiced a lot in China and I just found a technique from Padmasambhava which you may know and that is he travelled to the highest heaven to find a technique most useful for people and he found one:

Regard everything seen as enchantment (or a dream)
Regard all sounds as mantras

And Tim Ferriss of 4 Hour Workweek had some sage advice and that is to remember that most things don’t matter.

I don’t mind people asking me questions about this by email as I am somewhat overwhelmed these days bochehaggah@gmail.com

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