"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." Mother Teresa
While we here in Asheville got hit with almost a foot of snow this week, I continued to watch the devastation that the wildfires are having in California.
More than one of my Shift Bars colleagues have been evacuated from their homes and now must wait to see how much of a lasting impact this disaster will have on their lives.
I know how powerless I can feel when I see such things, yet aren't in the immediate area. I don't know how to help, and sometimes feel like it's all too much for me to have any positive impact just by myself.
Well, if you've been feeling the same, I'm here to remind you that you can always have a positive impact in any situation, if you put your mind to it.
Our focused thoughts have so much power and most of us have barely scratched the surface of what they can do. It is scientifically proven that group meditations on peace in a particular area reduce crime rates - so why can't it be the same for weather? I mean, we all know the term "rain dance" for a reason.
So take a minute or two or twenty sometime today, and focus on California. Picture the fires and then, shift what you see. See powerful rains pouring down from the sky and steam rising from the land as the fires are quenched. Feel cooling, gentle breezes envelope and calm the area.
It's fast, it's free, and it'll get you focused on the solution instead of the problem.
And in addition to sending good vibes, here are a few action-oriented ways you can do to help those in California:
- Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief has responded to the fires with items requested by local health-care providers, including N-95 respiratory masks and emergency health kits full of emergency medicines and supplies;
- The United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund. Donations can be made on their website, by texting UWVC to 41444, or over the phone at 805-485-6288;
- The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts; and
- VCA Animal Hospitals are currently offering free boarding for pets of families in the evacuation zones or the path of the fires. Call 1-800-VCAPETS for assistance.