A lesson in patience

Teachings are everywhere.  If you look, life will give you a chance to practice your yoga.  Today it came in the form of a Tsunami.  Or rather, a Tsunami warning.  Here on Kauai the first siren went off at 6 am, followed by an automated phone call at 6:10.  Of course,I had been woken earlier by the profusion of chickens and roosters who herald ALL parts of the day.

The warning said the wave was expected to hit the Hawaiian Islands around 11 am.  Fortunately the house we’re in is on the mountain side and not in the evacuation area.  This meant all we had to do was hurry up and wait.  I decided to take a hike up the nearby hill called The Sleeping Giant.  It put me even higher and was a good way to spend the morning.  By 11 am there were literally 200 + people on the summit (his forehead?).  I’ve never seen so many people with cell phones on the top of a mountain!  We all sat and waited, and waited, and waited.  Will there be a big wave?  Will we see it from here?   Hunger won out over curiosity and I headed back to the house around noon.

A few hours later, the danger had passed and cars were back on the roads.  Some folks lamented the inconvenience.  The alert center did their job and did it well.    Those of us who could, sat back to see what nature had in store.

Yoga teaches us that we are part of something bigger, and even if it doesn’t come in the form of a huge wave, we might just see it if we’re willing to sit and watch.

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