Disruption as a Tool for Awakening {Scene & Story}


Disruption as a Tool for Awakening {Scene & Story}

It was a strange November.

The leaves hadn’t changed colors the way they usually do. The Chicagoland Autumn was different than most years. My family and I even took our customary trip “up north” to see the Autumn colors in Northern Michigan where we were greeted with more green foliage.

Autumn, my favorite time of the year, didn’t show up.

Then, without even consulting with the weather, we were in the Southern Hemisphere right in the middle an Amazonian summer and their upcoming rainy season.

Mosquitoes. Incessant sweating. A humidity that choked the breath out of me, before the rains came to clear the air.

Things get shaken up when we break our normal routine. This could be a good thing.

Radical discontinuity. Disruption. Drastic change.

They all pull us from our unconscious daily grind, into awareness.

Interruptions make us look up from our mindless meandering. They make us notice.

Disruption becomes a tool for awakening.

These seemingly unrelated images are all part of my disrupted November. My awakened November: A radically discontinuous time which has become the catalyst for more beauty, growth, and spiritual expansion.
















The post is part of the monthly Scene & Story linkup hosted by Sarah from Paisley Rain Boots and Lee from Sea Blue Lens

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2 responses to “Disruption as a Tool for Awakening {Scene & Story}”

  1. Lee says:

    It seems that the fall color season was a bit disappointing over most of the US and Canada this year. But your story made me think of the winter I was 16, when my family took a vacation to Mexico in mid-winter. It was so cold at home that our pipes had been frozen for a week, and suddenly there was sunshine and an ocean as warm as a bathtub to swim in. It was one of only two family vacations we ever took. It felt like a magical dream, but I still feel the vivid “awakeness” of it to this day. Thanks for sharing in Scene & Story!

  2. Sarah says:

    That was Autumn for sure, such a bummer for someone who loves that season in Michigan. Oh well, made the best of it anyway. Love your bench shot!

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