I light a candle and wait for the aroma of vanilla and lavender to fill the room. It’s storming outside, the rain is pattering against the tin roof. It’s such a soothing sound. There’s no need for ambient music or chants today. Mother Nature is providing all I need. I sit in my best lotus and close my eyes. I inhale deeply, filling my lungs; then exhale slowly. Inhale, exhale; inhale, exhale; a gentle rhythm takes over. Slowly the muscles release their tension, the shoulders first, flowing down through the arms and back. I feel like a stick of butter slowly softening. Inhale, exhale. Thoughts of the day start to rush into my head. No. Inhale, exhale. The day is done, I’ve given my time, now it’s time to rest. Inhale, exhale. I focus on the sound of the rain and my breath, letting my mind go blank. Letting my body relax, recharge. Purge negativity, like the cleansing rain. Inhale, exhale. Peace.
Let’s Get Emotional
My goal with the challenge this year is to use it as an exercise to write something focused on a particular emotion. I hope to convey that mood or feeling through word choice in the story. I welcome your feedback on what worked or didn’t for you in each piece.
Once upon a time...
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