SELF-CARE ACT#110

walk after a storm (a tornado watch to be more accurate)

CATEGORY

Spiritual

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TIME

30 min

BUDGET

Zero

I’m sure by now, you’re tired of the self-care acts where I walk.

But this one is very special, my friends.

Yesterday, I walked under the rain after a tornado watch.

What’s so different from walking on a regular day?

What’s in the air.

But first things first. Let me tell you what happened.

I was at my office when I got several alerts from the Montgomery County telling me a terrible thunderstorm was coming.

As usual, I didn’t pay attention to them.

That’s what happens when you issue too many warnings. Nobody listens to you.

After I got home and before my power nap, I received another text. Again? What’s going on now?

It started with caps: TORNADO WARNING (….) Seek Shelter in a sturdy structure immediately.

Ok, I’m in a sturdy structure. All seems fine. Let’s take this nap.

A couple minutes later, my neighbor knocks at my door:

     –    Meryem, did you get the tornado watch?

     –    Yeah, I saw the alert. Same thing as usual. I guess they means it’s gonna rain.

     –    I don’t know. I’ve been in the area for ever and it’s the first time I see that kind of alert.

     –    ….

     –    Plus, the weather forecast says it’s coming straight to us. Stay here and if you want company, you can come home.

Terry left. I looked outside, and started freaking out. The wind was really high and the rain was strong.

I texted Hubby to share my worries. And called the kids schools to see if they were ready.

After that, I felt better.

I placed warm shoes, a warm jacket and my car keys on the carpet, in the middle of the room.

I looked at my emergency kit, satisfied and I lied on my bed.

Looking at the gigantic trees from my window, my last thought was: “If the tornado hits, this might be my last nap.”

After this last and luckily un-prophetic statement, I slept.

You want to know what woke me up?

The silence.

No more wind. No more rain. No more thunder.

But most striking: no more birds chirping.

That’s how I knew what had just happened was serious.

So I felt really lucky to be here and safe.

And I did what plants and animals do after the rain.

They go out and bloom to rejoice.

To feel the fresh air brought by the wind.

The rich and wet smell of the soil.

And hear the first birds chirping after the storm is gone.

Love to all and happy friday my friends. See you tomorrow!

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  This self-care is about enjoying all things in life. The storm. The clean air after the storm. Being still here after the storm.          “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”                 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

MORE ABOUT THIS

There are 2 things I want to share with you here.

The first one is I Haiku I found and I liked about the after-rain:

“Rainfall’s aftermath:
Bent-but-not-broken blooms.
Metaphor for life.”

And the second one is a Buddhist Mindfulness tool that is called RAIN.

It has nothing to do with the rain that falls from the sky but it spells the same way. And, it’s a really useful self-care practice.

Rain is the acronym for a 4 step Mindfulness process you can use to be more compassionate towards yourself on difficult moments.

It’s based on recognizing and accepting your emotions.

In a difficult situation, take time to pause and:

R, Recognize what’s going on

A, Allow the experience to be there, just as it is

I, Investigate with kindness

N, Non identification. Which is not identifying with the difficult experience.

This “More about it” section is far too small for me to give you a real explanation on the power of RAIN so please, read this paper, Feeling Overwhelmed? Remember “RAIN”, by Tara Brach, a famous clinical psychologist , Buddhist and author of several books.

You will learn a lot about this powerful self-care tool.

Love to all.

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