How An Expansive Mindset Helped Me Thrive During a Power Blackout


No one enjoys having their power go out. However, in every crisis an opportunity for expansiveness exist. Recently, the power went out on the island where I reside. It wasn’t just a flicker of lights but twelve hours without electricity, which actually is a good thing once in a while.

Now, I could’ve complained and ranted about not being able to work on my computer, have access to the internet or even the ability to cook warm food on a November day. And I witnessed a family member complain and rant through most of the day as if complaining solved any problems. I noticed that I became more agitated around this person despite my best efforts to stay calm and to engage my creative mind.

Fortunately, I grew up in an analogue world. I know how to do tasks manually and I remember how to read an actual book, write in a notebook, and to listen to music on devices not plugged into a wall (even though I cheated and listened to music on an MP3 player). I also had a flashlight and candles.

I took a transformational life coaching course in September that taught me how to convert from lack and limitation to an expansive mindset. This meant that I searched for creative and even fun solutions such as camping at home. Since I wasn’t able to cook, I found the foods I could eat raw and also soaked oats in cashew milk to eat later in the day.

Since the sun was out for part of the day, despite the breezy weather, I took my camera for a walk and filmed the leaves scrambling in the wind. I found a book and read for a few hours. I listened to music and sang kirtans. In addition, I created a life hack by tossing hand warmers into the pockets of my jacket to keep warm. And it worked. Hand warmers are only one to two dollars a set.

There are things I can improve such as keeping my mobile phone charged and keeping batteries in stock for the portable radio and flashlight. Having bread and crackers along with nut butters is also ideal as well as, following my intuition and keeping hot tea in a thermal container.

We benefit from power outages by helping us to chill out. We also benefit by allowing our body to get a deep rest without electrical energies interrupting our neurological system. In fact, I lived with one woman in Bellingham who turned off the electricity in the house for twelve hours once a week. At first, I freaked out but she did this at bedtime and I noticed feeling more energized the next day. It was also healthy for the household dogs.

We all need to unplug. And when we forget to do this Mother Nature arrives like the good mother to unplug us. When this happens we can resist and rant or complain or we can adopt an expansive mindset and turn the experience into a joyful time.

Postscript

It also helps to have a landline phone for emergencies. And power outages help us prepare for bigger events such as hurricanes or earthquakes or even lockdowns. Think of a blackout as a test run. And store up on batteries, make sure your computer and phones are charged so you can run on the battery. And please don’t drive your car around for hours to pass the time because this is unhealthy for the environment.