I was in Māui the day before the fires. Michele and I led a couple of truly magical, perfect chant events that weekend... and then the hurricane winds started in so strongly it was difficult to walk on the streets. Scary, but our HOS family is relatively unscathed and far from the damage.
I've been up close and personal with extreme weather in India for decades, so the acceleration of climate change is no surprise. Someone (often several simultaneously) from our global family of chant lovers is dealing with a climate crisis almost constantly. I feel empathy burnout sometimes, but this crisis in my own neighborhood is a rallying call for me.
Perhaps for many others too, having a beloved iconic Hawai'i town suddenly destroyed may also ignite change? While our island 'ohana is grateful for the global outpouring of support, we also hope YOU are safe and ready for what is now our new normal. (Like roaring Rishikesh monsoon flooding today, which you can see on my reels on IG or FB!)
In light of last week's devastating fires in Hawai'i, I have done 2 new blog posts which may be helpful, whether you're inclined to pray and/or prepare + contribute physically.
I don't know about you, but I get annoyed when I see "PRAY FOR MAUI" popping up everywhere on social media after last week's devastating fires.
You might think that's ironic, coming from me (since I teach people how to teach people to use sound and mantra for self-healing, trauma recovery, and connection/communion aka prayer) but hear me out... prayer helps but here are at least 15 more useful things we could be doing to help!
See separate post with an easy 5-minute mantra meditation & relief prayer for natural disasters.
Donate to Hawaii Disaster Relief Foundation (HDRF): Extend a helping hand by supporting HDRF, a local organization committed to disaster preparedness and swift response. URL: www.hawaiidisasterrelief.org/donate
Volunteer with Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA): Get involved in KUA's community-driven initiatives to build resilience against climate disasters. URL: www.kuaaina.org/volunteer
Advocate for Climate Policy with 350 Hawaii: Join 350 Hawaii's advocacy efforts for climate policies that safeguard the islands from future disasters. URL: www.350hawaii.org/get-involved
Support Local Businesses via Hawaii Community Lending: Invest in local businesses impacted by climate disasters, promoting recovery and resilience. URL: www.hiclending.org/support-local
Educate and Mobilize with Hawaii Climate Warriors: Amplify climate awareness through Hawaii Climate Warriors, sparking collective action. URL: www.hiclimatewarriors.org/act-now
Provide Shelter through Aloha United Way: Extend your aloha spirit by contributing to Aloha United Way's shelter initiatives. URL: www.auw.org/donate
Donate Supplies to Hawaii Foodbank: Support disaster victims by providing essential supplies through Hawaii Foodbank. URL: www.hawaiifoodbank.org/give-help
Engage in Reforestation with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii: Help restore Hawaii's ecosystems and prevent climate-related disasters by participating in reforestation efforts. URL: www.sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org/volunteer
Join Surfrider Foundation – Oahu Chapter for Beach Cleanup: Contribute to disaster resilience by volunteering for Surfrider Foundation's beach cleanup events. URL: www.surfrider.org/volunteer
Support Malama Kauai's Community Resilience Programs: Stand with Malama Kauai in promoting sustainability and disaster response in vulnerable communities. URL: www.malamakauai.org/donate
Conclusion: Hawaii's climate disaster victims deserve more than just prayers; they need our collective action. By engaging with local organizations, advocating for policy change, donating, and volunteering, we can make a real impact in supporting those affected by climate disasters. Together, we can build a stronger, more resilient Hawaii for generations to come!
Now, back to the prayer part... if nourishment to your nervous system is what you need, we've got a Mantra Sound Bath playlist on Youtube you could enjoy!
If you'd like to RSVP to be there LIVE for the next one, we will be tailoring it especially for disaster-relief communities. Self-care is essential, if we wish to be our best to serve others in their times of need.
Sign up at https://www.heartofsound.in/yogaofsound_registration and you'll get on our email list to hear about the monthly free global online chant sessions.