#blogElul 2017 – Day 8: Hear











It starts in my ears Poipu-Beach-photo
the slow rush of waves
gentle and softly soothing
lulling me into pseudo-safety.

Sound begins to pound
expropriating attention
crashing into consciousness
alerting the amygdala.

The storm of sensation
sparks “fight or flight”4467333725_19e86c5133_b
but the only flight I feel
is a flight to fight.

In a matter of seconds
a tsunami rages within
bursts forth inexorably
destroying all in its path.

Is there a divergent way
away from the amygdala
hearing that first soft sound
and heeding its warning?

Pondering possibilities
rethinking reactivity
considering choices
I drift off to sleep.


Once again, I’m participating in #blogElul, which I have followed for a few years. In past years, I’ve found it helpful as I ponder and reflect in the month before the High Holidays – Yamim Noraim. Check out some of the amazing themed posts geared around the work and joy of Elul – of introspection and reflection in the days leading to the High Holy Days (Organized by Ima Bima.) You can read prior years’ #blogElul posts via the Elul tag.

About armsakimbobook

I'm a mother, a lawyer, a feminist, a writer, a potter, and an inveterate and unapologetic New Yorker. My book, Arms Akimbo: A Journey of Healing, tells of my journey of healing over a number of years, learning to live a full life after I was molested by my father at a very young age. I live in Maynard, MA, with my wife and and our two moose-cats, Samson and Hercules. My daughter used to live with me part-time, but she's all grown up now and in her junior year of college, which I can't quite fathom, since she was born about five minutes ago...
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