In the middle of last night, I awoke to the sound of gushing water.
A hot water pipe had burst in our main bathroom vanity and water was gushing out of the cupboard and through the house. As I went into the hallway I hit the water and fell badly on my knees, totally unprepared to walk into water as I left my bedroom.
By the time my husband turned the water off, there was a couple of centimetres of water puddling in two bedrooms and all along the hallway, soaking through the floorboards and down into our garage.
Over an hour later past 2am, we had mopped up the bulk of the water and returned to bed to rest before our big clean up today. There is damage to the ceiling in our garage and the floorboards will take some time to dry out, but we are feeling relieved that we were home when the pipe burst and were able to turn the water off before the flooding got even worse.
As I was mopping in the middle of the night, I remember reflecting on how so many people suffer the flooding of their homes and my heart went out to them. This could be an upsetting and tiring experience for me, but it was nothing in comparison to what many suffer. I calmly continued mopping without mental agitation.
For meditation and reflection:
When bad things happen to you,
pause and reflect upon how others
have suffered or are currently suffering far worse;
send good wishes and love out to them;
then, respond calmly to whatever is arising.
Words and photo for meditation and reflection by Stephanie Mohan – January 2016