Yesterday I was speaking to a mentor colleague. who was lamenting over the fact that so many of her clients are preoccupied with the current state of world affairs, particularly, those in the US.
She asked me: “Do you have a blog? If so, you should write a post about this. If you’ve lived in peace during wars – this could be really helpful to others going through major turmoil now.”
This got me to wondering what I wrote about during the 2006 war in Northern, Israel which lasted for about three weeks in the hot summer month of August. When the bombs began to blast in my Galilee Village, everyone who could fled south to Tel Aviv. I decided that war would be the perfect laboratory to test out the ancient feminine sound healing and leadership ways that I write about in my new book Miriam’s Secret – Revealing the Ancient Wisdom of Feminine Leadership.
I wrote several times a week during the war, as a way to share my experience, model for my friends, family and clients that connecting inwards – especially when the &%$* hits the fan, is the surest and safest way to develop one’s serenity.
Here are a few excerpts from those posts:
Music Therapy in a Supermarket Bomb Shelter…
For the last several hours, I have wanted to post to this blog, and for one reason or another, with all that is going on, I couldn’t get to it. “Later”, I reasoned.
After weeks of not leaving my house and village, this morning I ventured out to the post office in the neighboring Arab village. Afterwards, I drove quickly to Carmiel (where a few hundred bombs have hit during the war) to by groceries at the one remaining open supermarket (my two week stockpile ran out). In the middle of shopping, sirens wailed, warning of imminent bombing. Crash, boom, the bombs started to drop, very close to us. The mix of Hebrew, Arabic, and Russian speaking shoppers and clerks ran into the bomb shelter and stairwell for cover. The manager who burst into tears, was in shock. She worked next to the open door as the bomb exploded.
Tears filled my eyes as I held her tight.
I watched in silence, observing the human drama unfold. Commotion all about amongst a sea of nervously chattering waves in Hebrew, Arabic and Russian. The bombs do not differentiate between religion, creed, class or color. Everyone is getting hit here in the Galilee.
I noticed that those who wanted to be quiet, gravitated towards the stairwell where I was sitting quietly on the steps. At one point, I began to sing – softly. The acoustics of the stairwell was great. One woman turned around and remarked, “Yes! That is what we really need now”, she smiled at me.
Funny, just then I remembered this blog, grateful for the opportunity to share a moving moment with others.
I have been asked to share how I work with patients (Aug 2017 – this is when I was working within healthcare settings). My practice is of a unique kind, not requiring a traditional “therapist-patient” role. This morning for example, in the supermarket, my role was that of therapist and patient. This morning’s example taught me, that sometimes, the most important way we can help others is through our silence. I felt most helpful when I sat there silently observing with compassion for all of us.
I spoke to people as well. Afterwards, I felt that maybe it was too much. My silent compassion was the most powerful gift I could give.
Three weeks into the war…
Living in the north of Israel in the middle of the war, almost three weeks later, it”s getting old.
I am so proud of myself for using the time to write of my experiences to share with you, as I am convinced that if just one person will be inspired to feel at ease in the middle of their own private war, then all my efforts will have been worth it.
Yesterday I was up until 5 this morning – 19 hours straight in front of the computer, to get the book finished by the deadline I had set.
Today I am burnt out and resting. Once I finish writing the post, I will turn off the computer.
I feel like I am in a long hurdle in the Olympics of life. Ten slow laps for every one fast sprint. Thank God I am listening enough to my body to stop and slow down.
I wish you all a wonderful day. Maybe we can take a break together…. relax a little.
There is so much GREAT fodder for inspiration in today’s mayhem. If I can stay serene and calm in the midst of war, YOU can stay serene and calm in the midst of whatever YOU are experiencing.
If you would like some support to remain focused, in the midst of turmoil, I’d be delighted to offer you a complimentary Trust Your True Voice Breakthrough Session. I have two sessions available to give over the next two weeks. I’d be happy to offer to you.