What To Do In Case of Miracle

Via Lia Aprile
on Jun 12, 2011
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I was having a discussion the other day with some ladies, one of whom had just finished an intensive disaster preparedness seminar, in which she learned all kinds of things about what to do in case of earthquake, snake-bite, poison ingestion, choking, seizure…you name it, and she regaled us for several minutes with all the horrors of “what could happen”.

And as she was talking I was feeling some distaste, not for her (she’s lovely), but for the whole world of “disaster preparedness”.  So often I feel like seminars about disasters are contributing to a kind of generalized fear…about disasters.  There’s so many what if’s and get ready’s being thrown around, I don’t know…something about it doesn’t sit right with me.

And then I immediately thought about how silly it was for me to have any kind of issue with being prepared. Because, isn’t it important to be prepared?  Shouldn’t we know how to un-choke someone who is choking?  Haven’t 100’s, 1000’s of lives been saved by exactly this kind of pre-disaster know-how?

And then I thought of two things…

I thought of a story I’d heard in which a man in some seminar had fallen to the ground in distress, and another man, unrelated to the first, had jumped up and tried to help, and for reasons unbeknownst to him, this second man had felt the urge (and followed it) to bite down hard on the compromised man’s index finger.  It turned out that the man who had fallen to the ground had been having a heart attack, and the other man (the biter) had bitten down at exactly the place where some artery or meridian ends and his bite had acted as a kind of defibrilator. And the first man lived. Again, the biter had no idea why he’d felt the urge to do this…he just did.*

Where’s THAT covered in the emergency preparation course?

(*umm…is this even medically possible?  Or have I been had by one of those “tumor in the chicken sandwich” myths like the ones from my youth?)

And the second thing that came to mind is how we have all of these talks and drills and practice runs of the worst stuff that could possibly happen in our lives, so we all know exactly what to expect, how it’s going to go, exactly what our chances of survival are and aren’t…but we have nothing comparable when it comes to the awesome stuff.

Is it just because we think we don’t have to be “prepared” for the good stuff…because the good stuff we can navigate via our intuition? And if that’s the case, why wouldn’t the same apply to the emergencies (see example number 1 above, about bitey and the bitten)…why is it that we have to run the worst case scenarios over and over in our head, meanwhile giving no attention to all the possible awesome outcomes in our lives?  Is it simply because we BELIEVE more in the inevitability of bad stuff than of good stuff?

We all know that we’re going to die, and that we are going to lose people in our lives whom we love.  We all know that’s inevitable.  (And I’m not arguing it, obviously.)  But, how many of us feel that same sense of inevitability about experiencing, even just once in our lives, deep and miraculous magic?  Or a total stunning transformation of our minds and our hearts and our souls?

And if we DO believe in it…why aren’t we “planning” for it.

Which leads me to the question, what would YOU do in case of awesomeness?  I want to hear your best What To Do in Case of a Miracle checklists, EJ-ers…leave a comment here and tell me what I should have handy…

Just in case…


About Lia Aprile

Lia Aprile is a writer, actress and yoga teacher currently living in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not peddling her headshots or perfecting her handstand, Lia can be found tending to her yoga blog, Shanti Town, which is definitely about yoga, but mostly about life (the messy kind). And, because the nerdiness just keeps on coming, she has also recently begun interviewing teachers and yoga luminaries for the Shanti Town Podcast, which you can now find on ITunes.


17 Responses to “What To Do In Case of Miracle”

  1. Lia says:

    heehawww…I'm with you. Miracle duct tape…because you just never know.

    Yogiclarebear…perfection: a camera a journal and your practice…those sound like exactly the things I would want with me!

    rik…yes, yes, and I'm trying man, I'm trying.

  2. heehawww says:

    duct tape. the answer's always duct tape

  3. yogiclarebear says:

    cool!! what a concept.

    cell phone video and still cameras might be handy to capture post miracle awesomeness. i might keep a little journal close by me at all times to record inspirations. and just in case, a regular meditation practice will help keep space open and available for receiving awesome miracle action.

    love it!!

  4. rik says:

    Be present,mindful and enjoy it….

  5. tanya lee markul says:

    I'm not sure if I'd really need anything more than the awesomeness handy! 🙂

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  6. Ragani says:

    Some great music to play over and over– that way when you play the music again, you'll also remember the miracle! Also, an easy place to retreat to, a nice pen and a good journal for yourself so you can write some inspirations down and remember it when the cobwebs settle back in…

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  9. Hi, Ragani. Great to see you here on Elephant.

    Note to readers, Kirtan icon Ragani has one of the best websites I've seen: http://www.raganiworld.com/ and she's right here in Milwaukee.

    Ragani is celebrating ten years of Milwaukee Kirtan at a big event here on Sept. 2nd: http://www.raganiworld.com/10YearAnniversary.html.

    Perhaps I can get over there and interview her for Elephant.

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  10. Lia says:

    Thanks, Bob!

  11. Lia says:

    Awesomeness…I should just be carrying that around at all times.

  12. Lia says:

    I just checked out your website…so good. There's not enough kirtan in LA…and I love me some kirtan. Thanks so much fro reading, and yes, yes, yes, to remembrance in preparation for cobwebs!

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  14. Lia says:

    Thank ya!!

  15. drbinder says:

    Awesomeness indeed, Lia. Loved every word of it.

    Great reply btw, Tonya. Very funny I must say. Quantum reality changes when you observe it. I'll take the awesomeness.

    "Every day is the best day of your life"

    "Every moment is miracle"

  16. drbinder says:

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  17. Lia says:

    Thanks much!