All eyes are on the city of New Orleans today, as residents brace for the arrival of Isaac – currently a Tropical Storm, though it is expected to turn into a Hurricane shortly. Today also marks the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – the event that rocked the city and changed it forever.
Those who know me personally know that I love New Orleans. It is my favorite place to visit – and a little piece of my heart remains there. The people, the beauty, the culture – it all draws me in and leaves me ready to go back the moment I leave.
When hurricane season arrives each year, I think about those in the Gulf Coast, and hope that Mother Nature takes it easy on them. They have been though enough.
Today I will be thinking of the people of New Orleans – and all of those who are in the path of Isaac – praying for your safety. (President Obama just declared a State of Emergency in Louisiana.)
I will also be thinking of those whose lives were forever changed by Hurricane Katrina.
Stay safe NOLA.
Regular readers may recognize the name Krishann Briscoe. She has been an integral part of The Conscious Perspective since last year, taking the reign of our Organization Spotlights, and being a sounding board for various ideas for this site. She is an amazing writer, a kind individual, and I am grateful to have her on board here.
The reason I am posting about Krishann, is because she and her family just recently welcomed a new daughter – she is a complete beauty just like her older sister.
Just wanted to say CONGRATS Kris, so happy for you!!
(You can find her over at her Personal blog as well, His Mrs Her Mr)
The US Presidential election is just around the corner, and although I live in Canada, my Twitter stream is pretty heavy with Political tweets. I have to admit – I’m getting pretty uncomfortable watching it all go down.
What exactly is making me uncomfortable?
As far as I can tell, what is really getting me down is the clear division that is happening between those who identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans. The line has always been there, but inevitably as time progresses, it become thicker.
From acquaintances to family members, the tension is rising and there is a huge increase in the daily conversation about issues such as same sex marriage (Chik-Fil-A anyone?), the Pro-Choice/Pro-Life debate, Unemployment and the financial crisis, Immigration laws, and more. This, on top of the Obama/Romney bashing that is happening (take your pick). (For the record, I am 100% in support of same sex marriage, it’s been happening here in most Canadian Provinces since around 2003 – but I don’t know enough about the Chik-Fil-A situation to really comment.)
I completely appreciate the passion of every individual that is sharing their opinion and their voice in support of their chosen Political party – but I often wonder how much humanity is lost in Politics. Do political opponents become nameless and faceless? Do friends quickly become foes?
I know that I am laid back about Politics. I joke about being a typical Apolitical Canadian with my American friends. But – I also know that if lived in the US, and it was my family, my children, my friends that were ultimately going to live the outcome of this election, I would probably be right where many Americans are right now – spreading the word, sharing my opinions, etc.
But I am not American – and I am squirming in my seat wondering if we can all just get along – playing mediator whenever I can.
I’ve been getting hit with a lot of emails from the Chopra Center lately. I noticed that the 21-Day Meditation Challenge is gearing up for another round, and just today learned of a new YouTube Channel that has launched: The Chopra Well.
Deepak – along with his two children, Mallika and Gotham Chopra – are hoping to reach 100 million people, with the hope to inspire those to “change the world, one personal transformation at a time”. You can find the YouTube channel here.
The family is kicking off the launch today at 1:30EST with a live meditation guided by Deepak, and will include discussions with: ”former Mexican President Vicente Fox; Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho; journalist and humanitarian Lisa Ling; actress and cancer spokeswoman Fran Drescher; Ashtanga yoga master Eddie Stern and social media expert Eric Handler from Positively Positive; and commemorate The Chopra Center’s free 21 – Day Meditation Challenge.”
Will you be tuning in?
She is my niece, and GodDaughter.
She was born on January 27th, 2012 when we all learned that she has Trisomy 21 (aka Down Syndrome), and would require surgery on her bowels and her heart. The first surgery went well (she was only a day old!), and next week she will undergo open heart surgery to repair a hole in her heart.
Since Hazel joined our family, she has really outdone herself. She is teaching all of us so much about love and compassion, and we are thankful to have her in our family. She enriches all of our lives.
If you want to meet her, you can do so here on her own blog, Chasing Hazel, where her Mom and Dad are raising awareness about what it is really like having a child with Down Syndrome (hint… it is pretty much exactly the same as having a baby that doesn’t have Down Syndrome!).
I wanted to post today because she is an important part of my life, and I wanted to introduce you to her and her blog.
I also ask that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers on Wednesday. We know everything will be fine, but you can never have too many prayers.
But again – you should really meet her for yourself!