I am most in my natural element when teaching, happiest when giving freely and caring for others, and most comfortable in the light. Combining all four satisfies my soul. As more photos of Sandy’s aftermath surfaced, I felt called to get out there and help. When I saw a friends Facebook post about a local volunteer effort this morning, I did not hesitate, and like hundreds of other New Yorkers, dropped everything to help.
The “Donate and Help today” posts on Facebook spread like wild flowers and the last minute volunteer effort organized by local UWS business owners of “The Firehouse restaurant”, went viral. The plan was originally to have a handful of volunteers sorting and packing donations and for one truck to take the items to those hit hard by Sandy in the Rockaways and Staten Island. By noon, there were hundreds of volunteers, and already hundreds of donation bags on 85th and Columbus piled as high as the water rose when Sandy climaxed in New York City and New Jersey around 8:00 p.m. October 29th. I greeted New Yorkers as they handed me their bags. “These are really good coats.” , “All new warm blankets.” , “My daughters first coat.”, “Can I bring more tomorrow?”, “Do you need help?”, “Can I buy the volunteers hot chocolate?”.
The pace continued like this for the rest of the day and at 8:00 p.m. the sixth and final truck arrived. I stood back for a moment to watch and listen with my heart as the assembly line played a game of hot potato and tossed bags into the truck. I could feel that everyones energy matched. Plans, directions or words were not needed. One persons energy and intention linked the next, and hundreds of new yorkers were dancing and signing to one harmonious note. When this union happens, the vibration is so strong, and so light, that it matches the universal energy and people are genuinely fulfilled and happy. And when this happens the heart opens. And when the heart opens, we, and in this case, the situation, are receptive to the grace of God. When we are receptive to God’s grace, you can expect miracles or at the very least, things to work out perfectly, with not a vibration of Shakti energy wasted. At 8:30 p.m., the last bag was packed right to the door with not a inch to spare and the truck was ready to depart like an angel to the Rockaways.
Yesterday when I arrived to teach my 6 pm Friday night yoga class, the yogis were set up, and the lights were off. I did not turn the lights on right away, because, just as I stepped back to take in the volunteers grand finale, I wanted to sense the energy of the room with my heart before teaching the class. Once I did, I felt more in tune with the needs of the class. Then I turned the lights up and began my class, with help from above. It seems that tapping into the greater source that connects us all might just be another key to harmony and joy.
Come together with your community and donate your time, talent or resources locally to the communities who need it.
In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected at least 24 states, from Florida to Maine, with tropical storm force winds causing impact in states as far west as Michigan and Wisconsin. The cyclone brought a destructive storm surge to New York City on the evening of October 29, flooding numerous streets, tunnels and subway lines in Lower Manhattan, Staten Island, Coney Island, the Rockaways and other areas of the city and cutting off electricity to parts of the city and its suburbs, especially Zone A areas near waterways which were issued evacuation orders. Severe damage occurred in New Jersey, especially in the communities along the Jersey Shore. wikipedia
Mary is a native New Yorker and grew up on Long Islands peaceful east end. Her love for dance and interest in health and healing lead her to the fitness industry at the age of 15 where she began teaching classes and studying the body working at physical therapy practices and hospitals. She continued her journey and moved to NYC in 1993 to complete her masters in occupational therapy and postmasters in gerontology. She is a nationally licensed Occupational Therapist with specialties in physical dysfunction and sensory integration and a certified Gerontologist with a specialty in trauma recovery. Mary is the owner of a private occupational therapy practice, NYC Pediatric OT, since 2003, treating patients privately with physical dysfunction injuries and sensory disorders.