Where were you twenty years ago, September 11, 2001? And what do you remember about that day? It’s time to honor your 911 memory.
I was on my way to a networking meeting in Fort Collins, CO. The radio was turned off so I didn’t hear the news alerts. Instead, I was in awe of the sunrise and letting peace soak in. Soon I would need that peace.
When I arrived at the meeting everyone greeted one another as usual. I didn’t sense any tension or fear in the room. But about 10 minutes later a man said to me, “Did you hear? A plane hit the Pentagon and killed several people.”
Taking in a sharp shocked breath I asked, “What did you just say?”
He repeated with more details. I began shaking. “My nephew works at the Pentagon! I have to go.”
Rushing home, I turned on the TV and saw the images of the plane hitting the twin towers, the smoke, and the screaming chaos.
Checking in – how a memory is held in your body
As you read the account above, what do you notice in your body?
I feel tightness in my gut. So, I take a deep breath. The residual clenching is less than when I was typing and remembering. As I breathe deeply a second and third time, the constriction is gone.
What is your body telling you in this moment?
Traumatic images bombarded us all this week. How have they affected you?
As the intensity, speed, and magnitude of events increase exponentially, it’s essential we each hear and heed the call of care.
Heeding the call for care
I invite you to:
- Notice any sensation, aches, or pains in your body.
- Gently place one or both hands there.
- Sit with this place awhile. Focus on any images or messages revealed.
- Float your hand(s) away when there is a shift and the constriction releases.
Sometimes we’re surprised how a memory can evoke something in our body that we had no idea was there. By pausing and listening deeply, we access that deep well of guidance within.
My 911 memory continued
Meanwhile, back to my 9/11 experience. As I waited for news of my nephew, it thrilled me to see a black butterfly float by the window. Soon after I got a call saying my nephew Dave was safe.
On their way to a meeting, his boss asked him to stay behind and make coffee (even though Dave was a ranking officer). It saved his life. His boss and 23 others were killed.
We all know by now; life can shift in an instant.
Honor your 911 memory
Please reply with the city and state you were in on 9-11 and what came up for you today.
Love all around, above, below, to the left and to the right, before you and behind you,