a swirl is a little spell where i suddenly notice that i'm feeling oddly dissatisfied and intensely self-critical.
i find that meditation is quite healing for the swirl, so i sat in the sunshine today and meditated.
during this time, i remembered reading sorrow is a temp job last night, a beautifully written post from one of my favorite blogs, every day is awesome.
i posted this poem in the comment section...
I have lost my smile,
but don’t worry.
The dandelion has it.
Thich Nhat Hanh in ‘Peace is Every Step’
through my meditation on the swirl, i realized that feelings come and go and the words we use to navigate them are important.
as a teacher, i believe words are powerful and choose them thoughtfully when i talk with students.
during swirl times, i am extra conscious of the words i use with myself. i try to talk to myself with the compassion and care i use when talking with students.
it's comforting to know that the dandelion is holding my smile for me right now.
in the meantime, i'm going to speak kindly to myself to question, discuss, and move through the swirl.