When you're inside one of life's storms, it can feel like all you can focus on is taking care of everything that's breaking or shifting. Or else preparing for the next onslaught.
It's so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of the storm's energy.
But, what if – in the middle of your concerns, your pain, your grief – you take a little time to stop and admire the beauty of exactly where you are and what's going on?
If you pause for a minute or two – or for a half-hour – you could:
Check in with your body.
- What's it telling you?
- Do you need sleep?
Touch in with your feelings.
- What might you be you pushing away?
- Are there feelings you need to honor and be with?
Connect with whatever it is that helps you in difficult times.
- Who or what can you call on?
- What wisdom or healing practices support you?
Clear your mind.
- What ideas might be trying to form?
- What plans could you put in place to make all this easier?
- How can you prepare for what might happen next?
The little snowstorm of this last week was a good reminder for me to pause and look for the beauty. I stayed up late the first night to welcome in the snow. When it came, I went out and caught chunks of snow on my tongue and laughed at myself. (And thought of all the people and animals who have enjoyed snow with me.)
Pausing – to enjoy something, to notice beauty, to care for yourself, to feel peace – can be very helpful in dealing with the storms of life.