Be encouraged, Bodhi practitioners and friends in the New York area. Once again, you are tested by Nature. As Hurricane Sandy swept through Greater New York and multiple eastern states, its fierce force not only caused immense damage but also stamped fear in people’s minds.
Over the past few days, I’ve been praying – for peace and harmony in New York, peace and harmony in the world, and peace and harmony within all sentient beings. Bodhi practitioners in the New York area, my love and concern are always with you.
Let me also use this opportunity to remind Bodhi practitioners all over the world: Be vigilant, and prepared to deal with catastrophic events. Think about your home’s doors and windows in the context of an exit strategy. Most Asians think about keeping burglars out of the house, but we should also consider how to exit the house in an emergency. It is important to keep that in mind.
Always have an Emergency Preparedness Kit (including hemostatic gauze, painkillers, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, cold medication) handy at home. Consider adding items such as knives, pliers, screwdrivers, hammers and other commonly used tools. Keep emergency clothing and shoes on hand; it is best to wear pajamas when sleeping. Before going to sleep, always make sure the paths leading to the doors and windows are open and clear. Items such as lighters and small flashlights (LED, battery-powered) should be easily accessible, in the event of an accident/emergency. Furthermore, life-saving and/or fire-fighting drills should be practiced routinely.
As the old saying goes, “One who does not plan on future concerns will often be in plight.” Having a comprehensive emergency plan in place will greatly reduce potential losses and injuries.
Let us encourage New Yorkers. New York Bodhi practitioners, I love you all!
November 1, 2012