Calm Mind Meditation for California Wildfires

Dear Friends,

As you have likely heard there are multiple wildfires raging California. Closest to home is the one in Southern California near Los Angeles.

Human and animal lives have been lost. Tens of thousands of acres have been totally destroyed. Hundreds of homes burnt to the ground.

The fire has advanced to within a few miles of our home in Topanga Canyon.

Kia and I are watching this unfold from India. It’s surreal to say the least. We see the photos and posts from everyone affected by this disaster.

Of course, we are praying every moment – a constant prayer throughout each day.

Aside from this, we simply go about our day in India because frankly there is little else we can do.

We have been spared proximity to the graphic nature of the destruction and thus we are able to achieve a level of emotional distance that would otherwise be more difficult.

And yet, our home is threatened. Perhaps that makes it more personal, but what I am most concerned about is the safety of people, animals and the environment. In our backyard, we have 13 fish in a small man-made pond/tank. I can’t get them off my mind and I wish there was some way to evacuate them. They have not been fed now for 6 days and that messes with me. But there is nothing to be done about that until any threat of fire coming into that precious and sacred canyon has ended.

There is nothing material in my home that matters to me in such a way that I would suffer at the loss of it.

And that is a very liberating thing to experience.

I want to encourage everyone to stay as calm as possible during what is an incredibly intense thing to have happen.

On this path of recovery, we are given ample opportunity to meet the conditions of our life with acceptance and love. Emotions, thoughts, questions and concerns can rise up. Whatever your experience, there is no need to judge or attach.

On this path we must learn to observe our experience.

As we move along this path of discovery we experience challenges, and we are given the tools to navigate them. Teachers come in a variety of forms – they are not always gentle, and the path is not always clear.

In times like these stay close to your community, your teachers, your practices.

Here is a guided meditation called “calm mind”.

Stay on your recovery path, ask for help when you need it, and never despair, there is a way through every block.

Sending Love and Gratitude to you all,

Tommy