We're now five months into 2011. How has it been going? Has it been raining in your life lately? Well, I've certainly seen my share of down pours recently. Isn't it funny that when it does rain, we focus on all of the negatives that sometimes come with storms? We bemoan our bad hair days, complain about the lack of sun and curse the mud that was formed by the marriage of water and dirt. After all, who really wants to mop up muddy foot tracks off of a spotless kitchen floor?
They can definitely put a "damper" on things, but rain storms are necessary for growth in nature and in life. We should honor precipitation as the precious life force that it is. There is a spiritual thing that happens when storms clouds rise. A hush comes over the land. As the raindrops fall there is a symmetry to them. It's as if a million artists are dotting their paint brushes across the sky. The smell of rain is intoxicating. Breathe deeply and connect to God's fragrance. Embrace the rainy season of your lives and you will be rewarded with luscious marigolds.
Here are three beautiful bunches of knowledge to help you get through May:
1. Ride the Water Waves: When thunder strikes and lightning flashes always protect yourself, but in the midst of the calamity notice the poetry and the beauty. Have you ever wondered why storm chasers would go into the eye of a storm? To capture the beauty of life of course! Their fascination with nature overrides their fear. Some may call their actions foolhardy, but don't we all marvel at the pictures they are able to secure? So when trouble clouds form over your life, ride those tumultuous waves to sweet victory. With each laborious step know that you're heading in the right direction. Others may be traveling with you and if so, shelter each other from the storm with your combined belief that everything will be alright. Let faith be your ultimate umbrella!
2. Create a Visual Garden in Your Mind: When storms arise it often gets very quiet in your life doesn't it? Sometimes friends and loved ones are shielding themselves from harm and just can't spare a rain coat for you. You are indeed blessed if you do have help, but even if you don't you can still prevail. Positive thoughts can help during any life blizzard. Catapult your mind to where you wish to be even if it's not currently where you're at and most often you will get there. No food in the fridge? Imagine it bursting with healthy options. Homeless? Mentally curl up on your couch and take an afternoon nap. I'm not suggesting that you won't have to put some action behind these creative visualizations, but when you've done all you can, create a beautiful reality in your mind to go along with your hard work and you WILL win!
3. Be the fertilizer you wish to receive: Marigolds and other beautiful flowers and plants need to be nourished and fertilized in order to achieve their maximum growth potential and humans are no different. Each of us has the tools we need to achieve our goals and it is our blessed responsibility to pass on what we know to others to help them achieve theirs. To receive help, you sometimes have to be the helper. The good that you dispense will always be like a boomerang and come back to you!
So the next time it rains, don't sigh or frown. Put on your galoshes and get to stepping! Dance, shake and Do the Dougie in the rain! Have a marvelous month of May!