Monday, January 25, 2010
Rainy Days and Mondays
"The Earth is our Mother; we must take care of Her." Lakota chant
Wow, it's afternoon already. Time flies when you're having fun. Sure wish I were having fun. It's a dreadful day outdoors, but I am snug and dry in my office. First day back to work, and it has taken me some time to get re-oriented and play catch up. Not the best of days to return to work after being sick, but I managed to get to work before the bulk of the storm arrived. Don't get me wrong. I'm not one of those people who dislike rain, I happen to love it. I love lying in bed and listening to the wind howl and the rain beating on the window panes. That's one of the joys of life. What I don't like, though, is when I get drenched on my way to work and have to sit in the wet clothes all day. Not fun!!!
Rain is an important life-giving necessity for our planet. When you think about it, rain can be so healing...to the earth...to our inner well-being. Have you ever meditated to the sound of rain? It has such a unique healing effect for the mind and body. If you have never taken the time to to notice rain, sit by a window on a rainy day and watch how the rain makes all the colors appear brighter. Yes, there is beauty all around us if we only take the time to look. Watch the leaves dance as the raindrops hits the trees.
There is so much we can do in the rain. There is never a need to be bored. Here are just a few ways to alleviate that boredom while nurturing your spiritual self.
Meditate to the sound of the rain hitting the glass on your windows.
Remember when you were a kid and were allowed to play in the rain? Well, just because you are now an adult doesn't mean you cannot play. Go outdoors and dance around in the puddles.
Take your dog out for a walk.
Light candles and burn incense while watching the rain fall.
Pick up that book you've been meaning to read and honor yourself with a much-needed break.
Take a long, soothing bath by candlelight as you listen to the rain.
Breath in those wonderful rain smells and imagine that the rain is washing away all of your negativity.
Take time to write in your journal--your hopes, your dreams, your goals.
If it's windy as well as wet, and you happen to live near the ocean, go out and enjoy the waves. Just make sure you stay a safe distance away. (One of my favorites)
For fun, take a city bus ride and watch all the umbrellas fly away. LOL!!!