How Green Nails Soothed My Soul

November 8, 2012 0 Comments

Green Fingernails soothed my soul


Yesterday afternoon while my daughter watched The Cat in the Hat I poured myself a cup of coffee, sat at my desk and prepared to paint my finger nails.

I carefully filed each nail and gently pushed back my cuticles. I began with a base coat before moving on to the color.

Spanish Moss Green.

Soothing. Comforting. Evoking the romantic soul of the deep south.

Painting on the second coat filled in the gaps. A smooth shiny surface on each fingernail.

For a couple minutes I sat and simple stared at my nails. Taking in the color. Enjoying the new feel of my fingers. Soaking in my subtly new way of being.

I don’t often paint my nails. I don’t often do small things that make me feel good in a purely frivolous way.

Yesterday I did.

Because my soul needed it.

Some of it is fatigue from staying up late to watch the election results roll in. But more than that, my body, my heart, my whole being is reeling from the intense emotional stress presented by the last couple weeks.

I believe we are all feeling it. And those of us who identify as Highly Sensitive Empaths feel it just a little bit more.

Images and stories of Hurricane Sandy.

A divisive and aggressively fought election.

The weight of these events is huge, and should not be underestimated.

If you are feeling raw know there is good reason.

Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to your neighbors.

Paint your nails and relish in a small moment of quiet calm to claim as your own.


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