On St. Croix, we missed the wrath of Hurricane Dorian.
As you know, our brothers and sisters in The Bahamas were not as lucky. Hurricane Dorian showed them no mercy at all.
A friend of mine lost a cousin in Hurricane Dorian. She drowned – she was only 24.
“What we have seen in the past few days has been sublime in its horror,” says Erica Moiah James in an article for the New York Times “We need everyone’s help and kindness,” writes Erica. “We need tarps, tents, sleeping bags, batteries, flashlights, heavy equipment, generators, chain saws, electrical workers, and people capable of rebuilding communication towers and homes. We need nonperishable food, wipes, adult and children’s diapers, bug spray.”
Here’s a link to organizations that are coordinating hurricane relief efforts.
Although Dorian spared my island, I’ll never forget how lonely I felt as the skies darkened. Dorian was only a storm when it passed over us. I was home alone with my sick Mom. As light rain fell, I wondered what I would do if strong winds ripped the roof off my house and exposed me and Mom to the elements.
Climate change is no stranger to my people. We are on the front lines. Dorian, Maria, Irma, Hugo – the names of monster hurricanes linger in our memories long after the storms and camera crews have gone. We think about what life was like before and after each storm.
I dedicated a chapter to climate change in my book, Meditations Across The River because I felt I had no choice. The reality of climate change is staring my people in the face. While working on my book, Hurricanes Irma and Maria demolished the Virgin Islands and other island nations. We have not fully recovered. There’s still so much work ahead of us.
Climate change is one of the great issues of our generation. It’s an urgent human and civil rights issue. We cannot ignore it and we cannot be silent.
We can all help in some way. Even before Dorian formed in the Atlantic, my friend Maria, a local activist on St. Croix was challenging folks to commit to planting at least ten trees. She’s ambitious. Not sure I’ll plant ten trees this year, but I’ll do my best to plant at least five.
There are dozens of ways to make a difference and I shared a few of them in my book. These are challenging times. Take care of yourself emotionally, spiritually and physically. Ask for help if you need it. Offer help when you can. We are not meant to fight this battle alone. Have to run, but I would love to hear from you. If you write, I’ll respond as soon as I can.
Still available for spiritual readings if you need one.
All my love.
I’m in the Virgin Islands.
I came to help support my Mom.
As you know, taking care of the elderly is no easy
task, and it’s expensive. I have tough decisions to make.
Anyway, before I came, my good friend from Nigeria
reminded me that Spirit will help me as I work though the challenges of
It was comforting to hear him say that…
And so I wanted to pass those words on to you…
I don’t know what you’re facing these days, but I know
how life is.
And life has consistently shown me that there’s always
a challenge, or tough test waiting for us around the corner. Sometimes you see
it coming but many times you don’t.
When challenges come from all directions, it’s easy to
feel overwhelmed, or like there’s no way out.
Fortunately, that’s when Spirit steps in to help us
out. You might feel alone, but the key is to remember you’re not alone.
Yes, my friend, your prayers are being heard in the
Each challenge is an an opportunity to grow and to
consider options we might not have discovered on our own.
As you call on your ancestors or spirit guides for
support, be sure to do your part by staying positive and active physically,
mentally and spiritually.
On St. Croix, I’ve been walking and going to the beach
every day. It helps me to look at task ahead of me and Mom in a different ways.
If you’ve been feeling supported by Spirit lately, I would love to hear about it. If you haven’t been feeling supported, I would love to hear from you too. So, reply to this blog, and I’ll respond as soon as I can.
All my love, James.
I know it’s been a while…
But I’m back, and I hope you’ve been well…
Anyways, on a recent trip to perform a spiritual ceremony in Hawaii, my friend Nicole said something I want to share with you.
She learned it from one of her mentors. It’s about planting and harvesting. You don’t always harvest in the same season you plant. The harvest might come much, much later.
I love this reminder….
Too often we’re impatient. I wrote about impatience in my book, Meditations Across The King’s River.
About how our society conditions us to think every dream, every vision, and every thing we plant should come to fruition right away. Then, of course, we get mad when it doesn’t or assume that something must be wrong.
Well, it just isn’t so…
Your harvest will come. If you keep planting consistently; if you decide your dream is more powerful than any obstacle you might face.
Here’s how I keep myself grounded as I continue to plant the seeds of my projects around the world.
- By taking time out for daily spiritual practice.
- By taking time out for daily exercise.
- By staying connected to people who inspire me.
- By continuing to learn from my many mentors.
I would love to know what you’re planting these days. If you reply to this blog,
I’ll respond as quickly as I can.
Until then, all my love.
P.S. If you would like a signed copy of my book, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know if you prefer to purchase a softcover cover or a hard cover.
James Weeks Meditations Across The King’s River
During my last trip home to St. Croix to visit Mom, I went for walks every single morning, and was blessed to do three book signings for Meditations Across The King’s River.
And during one of my morning walks, two words came to me that I want to share with you.
- No excuses.
- No apologies
These are important word. Remember them. You can’t move forward if you make excuses for why you should stay where you are.
And you shouldn’t apologize to anyone who judges you because you’ve decided you want a better life for yourself.
The only one who needs to approve of your vision is you..
Be careful with excuses. They pop up in many ways and often seem like valid, logical reasons.
Do any of these reasons sounds familiar to you ?
- I’ll do it but not right now.
- I need more information.
- Too risky.
- Takes too long.
- Not sure I have what it takes.
- What if it does’t work out?
- But I’ll miss Game of Thrones
- After the kids are grown.
- After the Raiders game.
- What will others think?
Here’s a tip. Instead of finding comfort in excuses, think of the number one reason why you need to move forward. In the business world we call this knowing your WHY.
Let me tell you something, my friend. There is another world waiting for you, and I believe you have more options than you think. You do not have to stay where you are. You can live a more empowered life.
Talk soon. Until then, no excuses.
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Each moment is precious…
Of course we all know this, but we often forget — until something happens that snaps us back to this reality.
For me, that something happened recently while traveling.
I got a text from a dear friend from St. Croix. It wasn’t good news. Her son-in-law, a bright young man I had the pleasure of meeting during my last trip home to the Virgin Islands is no longer with us.
A car accident ended his life..
I’ve been thinking about him every day since then.
I liked his energy and admired his vision for the future. He had plans to build a home and raise a family.
One moment he was here and the next moment he was gone. Less than 45 days after we met.
Life is unpredictable. You know this and I know it. Yet we often act as though we have all the time in the world to do or say what really matters to us.
Each moment counts, each moment is precious, each moment is a rare gift.
I’m sharing this message because it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important and who’s important in our lives.
Life is a mystery and who knows how much time we have on this journey to earth. But we can decide to celebrate this gift we have been given, we can decide to live life to your fullest, we can decide to love.
We can decide to live our best life…
…That’s what I plan to do. I am praying you will too!
Would love to hear your thought so please reply, and I will respond as soon as I can. And if you’re struggling with anything please feel free to write as well.
Until then, all my love.
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