Saturday, August 27, 2011

Waiting for Irene

I could write a book about health and the weather, I could. Don't even get me started!

This morning I'm feeling the impending hurricane in my wrists and collar bone, two places where I'm susceptible. Some people feel it in their knees or hips, others develop sinus headaches, bags under their eyes, nasal congestion. Some develop edemas in their ankles. Humid, oppressive days like today in Washington DC make some folks queasy. Even though we spend most of our time in hermetically sealed, chilled or warmed boxes, we are still intimately affected by the weather.

Before computer models and Jim Cantore, people knew storms were approaching because they paid attention - to the quality of the air, the look of the sky, and also the way they felt in their bodies. I am definitely feeling Irene in my body! I'll be doing an extra set of stretches this morning before my first client arrives, for sure.

As a shaman, I am one with Irene; hence I don't have many interesting words to offer here. Tonight the storm will move north of DC. After that I'll have plenty to say. Right now I am listening to the ache in my wrists, praying for those in the direct path of the storm, watching the gray-purple sky. Waiting.

May your day be peaceful and clear. Shalom.


Reya Mellicker said...

There are purple sky pictures on my other blog, also on Facebook.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

My mother, daughter and I get the headaches. Mine come when the pressure changes outside. I always know when it's going to rain because of the headache. My husband thought it was so silly when we were first married, now he believes.

Reya Mellicker said...

It is a time honored way of predicting the body.

If you were here, your head would be throbbing. Glad you're far away!

tut-tut said...

Looking up at the sky (as you do and record so beautifully) answers many questions. When the barometer drops precipitously, I get headaches. Then and only then.

Reya Mellicker said...

Did you ever make one of those balloon and popcicle stick barometers in grade school? You stretch the balloon over a jar, attach the stick somehow. I can't remember exactly how it works, but whoa ... when I think of how much the brain and respiratory sinuses are like stretchy balloons, it's no wonder weather affects them!

Reya Mellicker said...

Beth you would have a whopper of a headache in DC today.