We are living through what seems like never-ending storms on a variety of levels. It has been raining here in Oklahoma — a lot. The lake is rising and a few homes in our community are sitting in water. Thankfully, ours is not one of them. Spring is also tornado season which means spending time with neighbors crowded into a small makeshift “storm shelter.”
While the waters are rising change is in the air in our private community and in the absence of an official announcement rumors are spreading like wildfire. Retired folks and uncertainty aren’t a good combination.
Bob is also dealing with some minor medical issues which means doctors and waiting room time for me. Not something I’m good at.
After three days of a horrible headache and feeling like I was being battered by my own storm I started realizing what a few of the lessons in all this might be.
1. Trust God.
2. Always ask “is this mine?” when feeling overwhelmed by physical symptoms or strong emotion. As an empath I have a tendency to pick up other people’s stuff without realizing it. A daily practice of releasing what may actually belong to others is important.
3. Like minded people may be closer than you think. When feeling overwhelmed we often feel alone. Sometimes it takes awhile to realize we really aren’t.
4. Water amplifies EVERYTHING. From weather conditions (physical storms) to strong emotions from others (psychic storms) to our own concerns and worries, energy carries an extra charge when you add large amounts of water to the equation. I was not prepared for this one.
5. When you live with nature you have to play by her rules. Some things just can’t be controlled.
6. During a storm is not the time to be lax with spiritual practice. When we become overwhelmed it can feel like something has to go, we can’t do everything. Prayer, meditation, reflection, reading sacred texts, and gentle movement are not things to let go of during stormy times.
We all encounter storms in life. It is important to remember the storm will not last forever and to carry on with spiritual practices that keep us grounded and remind us who we are.
Blessings to everyone and may you be safe, well and dry.