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Preparing for the Tormentas
There’s something terrifying about tormentas
, something that as a child sent me hiding into my closet, clutching my osito
But as I’ve grown up, I’ve also grown to love the way the air smells before a storm, the way the leaves start blowing inside out, the rolling in of the dark clouds. The accumulation of signs suffusing the air with a sort of adrenaline.
There have been times in my life where tormentas of one kind or another caught me unaware. Where I didn’t see them coming because, though there were signs, I thought I was sheltered enough to not be paying attention. That’s why now, I go outdoors a veces right before a storm to meditate and really tune into what’s going on around me. The literal tormentas help me with the metaphorical ones.
This week, spend a few minutes outside during a time when the weather is changing; let some more instinctive, primal side of yourself wake up, so that, even when you go back inside, you’re paying more attentiion. So that, when tormentas may come, you have some sense telling you whether to stay put or take cover.
*photo by bdebaca