Unite, Heal, Rebuild
On August 8, 2023, as flames engulfed Maui, Madelyn Barrett stood amidst the havoc with her four cats, symbols of resilience. Miles away, her mother Mindy’s heart ached for her island family.
The fires swallowed not just homes, but the deep-rooted sense of security. Pictures painted the brutal truth—paradise was now a smoldering memory. Mindy’s heart broke, imagining her daughter, friends, and beloved pets trapped amidst the peril. Their home, like countless others, was now ash and memories.
In the aftermath, as the smoke cleared and roads reopened, Mindy and Madelyn weren’t just onlookers. Armed with supplies, they ventured into the devastation, offering aid and comfort.
The island’s reality is harrowing. Families lay on grass patches, devoid of shelter. Many, having lost their possessions, grapple with an identity crisis, unable to secure basics. Emotions flare, evident in the community’s strained interactions.
Mindy and Madelyn stand as pillars in these trying times, but they’re just two amidst many. Maui’s pain is vast, its full extent still unfolding.
Please, keep Maui close to your heart. The depth of this tragedy is beyond words, but together, we can rebuild hope.
Untold Pain and Loss
The true extent of the Maui fires is yet to be fully disclosed. Over a thousand individuals perished, many stories remain unheard, and the official news does not reflect the magnitude of the tragedy.
As communities grapple with immeasurable losses – from pets to homes to loved ones – the pain is palpable. In the midst of overwhelming grief, moments of gratitude and love emerge as survivors embrace each other, cherishing life even in its heartbreak.
Maui Fire Relief:
Resources & Support for the Impacted
Navigating the recent challenges, we’re here to provide guidance and aid. Our commitment is to stand by our community members, ensuring Maui’s restoration with unity and strength.
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Discover Dr. Pankaj Naram’s Ancient Secrets
Discover ancient remedies to shield from wildfire pollution. Dr. Naram reveals natural methods for anxiety, sleep, and overall health.
Herbal Remedies & Marmaas
Home Remedies for Burning Eyes
Herbal Remedy to aid with Sleep
- 1 tsp of ghee
- ¼ tsp NUTMEG powder
- ¼ tsp Cardamom Powder
- 2 strands of saffron
Mix together and then drink with warm water
Home Remedies to Enhance the Immune System
- 1 tsp Ginger Juice of powder
- 1 tsp Tulsi (Holi Basil) juice
- 1 tsp. honey or 1 tsp. Ghee
Mix and drink it in the morning
To improve immunity:
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1/2 tsp Ginger juice
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
- 11-12 Tulsi (Holi Basil) Leaves or 2 tsp of Tulsi powder
- 1/8 of clove powder
- 1 clove Garlic
Mix all in a glass of warm water and take 2-3 times a day
Also, as a general recommendation, stop any food/drinks that might produce mucus, such as bananas, dairy, gluten, tomatoes, citrus fruits, white sugar. Absolutely NO cold drinks. Warm ginger water is best, or warm water if you can’t stand the taste of ginger.
Instead, eat light, digestible meals and warm, cooked food. Even fasting for a day or so is good.
Good are spices like: ginger, black pepper, ajwain, cumin, asafetida, turmeric
Home Remedies for Mental Clarity
- For anxiety: use 1/2 ghee and a pinch of nutmeg, heat it and put 2 drops in each nostril before sleep.
- For a child who cannot sleep, put ghee on the temples in circular motion 6X and the last count press your fingers inwards.
Herbal Remedy for Clear Mind:
- 1 tsp. ghee
- 1/4 tsp. turmeric
- 3 pinches of nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon powder
- 1/8 cardamom powder
Mix in warm water first thing in the morning
Self-Healing with Bilateral Stimulation
Bilateral tapping is a researched technique that can help soothe and process trauma, effectively addressing PTSD symptoms. By employing this tapping method and focusing on positive intent, one can counteract disruptive emotions or thoughts.
Why Should I Do Self-Healing with Bilateral Stimulation
Acute trauma can become entrenched in the body, leading to recurring episodes of terror. Often, the body remains on high alert, trapped in survival mode. It’s essential to process the trauma while being anchored in the present, ensuring safety and recognizing the event is in the past. This helps integrate the traumatic experience, so it’s acknowledged but not debilitating.
Give yourself permission to feel whatever it is, no matter what the feeling is, and let it out with sound and movement. Of course you are feeling whatever feeling comes up. Cry, scream, talk. Try not to avoid your feelings or push them away in your body. Your feelings are only feelings and you are so much more than what you are feeling. As you do the tapping focusing on where the feeling is in the body will help to release it.
Our body holds stuck memories and traumas. You want to find and then move the stuck energy out of your body. Numbing is a normal response to trauma. MOVE YOUR BODY…shake your arms and legs and your whole body. Make sounds to express what you are feeling-vocalizing sound is a great way to release stuck energy. No shame here. Start with little sounds and let them develop. Be gentle with yourself.
- It’s over now, I survived. It’s in the past.
- I am safe now. I got through it.
- I can be in the present moment. I did the best I could.
- I can do what I can do now with what is here now.
- I can feel whatever I feel and let it out.
- I am safe and people are here for me.
It is helpful to create a safe/sacred/peaceful place in your imagination where you can imagine yourself with people or animals who you feel safe and good with. If you don’t know who to have there with you make it up and put in anyone or any being which brings you comfort and support. See yourself calm and being loved, supported there. Feel yourself in that place. Use the described tapping below and tap as long as it feels good. Stop when you feel it firmly anchored in yourself.
When you are aware of experiencing trauma memories, thoughts or feelings you can focus on them and begin tapping to help calm yourself down and come into the present moment. While tapping focus on what you are imaging, feeling, thinking and tell yourself thoughts which will orient you to what is real now. Feel free to access your own higher self and include soothing thoughts as well. Emotion may come up, let it come up and out. Continue to hold the new thoughts and Tap for as long as you need to get to a sense of calm. To facilitate the calming response you can do more than one of the tapping locations at the same time.
How to do Bilateral Tapping
– Cross your arms over your chest in a butterfly hug, tapping your shoulders left-right, left-right.
– Move your eyes left-right, left-right.
– Tap your feet left-right, left-right.
– Tap your knees with your fingers left-right, left- right.
What Healing Looks Like
- People often say after tapping they feel some distance from the trauma—they see or feel it but somehow it doesn’t feel as bad.
- People feel a rush of emotions and possibly more emotions but eventually more of a sense of calm.
- People feel relief and a shift in their body best described as more relaxed, less on high alert, even though everything they experienced was true.
- People feel lighter, clearer that this is now and it isn’t happening now. it really is over.
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Navigating Our Shared Grief Together
In the face of global heartbreak, Gary Malkin and Hope Fitzgerald of You Awake guide us in unity. Together, we’ll transform collective grief into radiant resilience. Join our healing call, where shared sorrow becomes shared strength.
When: Monday, August 28, 2023
Time: 4:30 pm Pacific, 7:30 pm Eastern
Navigating Our shared Grief Together
Gary Malkin and Hope Fitzgerald of You Awake unite us, turning shared grief into strength in a transformative healing call.
When: Monday, August 28, 2023
Time: 4:30 pm Pacific, 7:30 pm Eastern