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After Hurricane Sandy

Rainbows, Ice Halos and Inter-Connectedness

Ice Halos after Sandy

Ice Halos photographed at the Space Flight Center in Alabama after Sandy

Each time it rains, it stops raining. After a storm, there is a rainbow. Every time you hurt, you heal. After darkness, there is always light. We are reminded of this every morning but still we sometimes choose to believe that the night will last forever.

When a massive storm or disaster like the recent Hurricane Sandy strikes, it serves to clearly remind us all how connected and vulnerable we are, and at the same time, how strong and resilient we are as humans.  Sandy forces us to put aside all that is trivial in life  - and to realize that we are all human, and none of us is protected from pain or suffering.     We all face change or loss at different times because life is always shifting, changing and we are just learning to surf the waves.

In today’s world, we spend much more time praising the things that man built – homes, cars, skyscrapers, new iPhones, and once in awhile Mother Nature steps in and reminds us that there is no bigger miracle than this earth, and this universe, and we are but tiny inhabitants in a much greater place than whatever is directly under our nose.

We create a lot of conditions for what we need for happiness – a new car, a different degree, another child, a new spouse – but in fact, these things often just distract us from being present, from realizing what is important.  An event like Sandy comes along, to perhaps remind us that billions of things could happen that affect your happiness that you’ve not even thought of yet.  There are so many things that we can not affect – in truth the only thing in our control is our mind, and how we approach life and are present for it.

We are all sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere – we’re floating in empty space in a universe that goes on forever. Since we have to be here, the best spiritual path is to consider the storms of life part of our spiritual journey, and commit ourselves to learning every single thing there is to learn about the very nature of life.


“There are two ways to live:  you can live as if nothing is a miracle, or you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

-Albert Einstein 


On the subject of miracles, the featured image above is a photo of an amazing Ice Halo display Oct 30, just after Sandy was starting to clear.  The photo was taken at the Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama by solar physicist David Hathaway.  It is a complex network of luminous arcs and rings surrounded by the afternoon sun. “I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” said eyewitness Bill Cooke, head of Nasa’s Meteoroid Environment Office. It was caused by the outer bands of Sandy, which left behind a thin haze of ice crystals in cirrus clouds. Sunlight shining through the crystals produces the ice halos.

Atmospheric optics expert Les Cowley commented on the Sandy-ice halo link: “Over the last few days there have been spectacular halo displays around the edge of Sandy from New England to Alabama. Hathaway’s image like many others shows several very rare halo arcs, an upper Lowitzhelic and Parry supralateral.” *

We love when science and spirit collide!

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One of the many rainbows over NYC on 10-30-12




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