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April Showers

Posted on: April 10, 2011

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thoughts of April fill us with optimism as we leave the winter behind and a feeling of freshness is ushered in.  The light continues to expand in the Northern hemisphere as the sun increasingly warms the earth.  Our spirits are lifted as we breathe the cool spring air filling us with the essence of spring’s nurturing energy.  Nature’s duality is beautifully expressed as the sun and rain provide balancing sustenance to the earth.  The roots beneath the ground welcome the nourishment of the sun and the rain as they prepare to burst forth from the darkness and bathe the landscape with their spectacular blooms. 

We see growth and expansion all around us as plants sprout through the soil and buds appear on the trees.  An essence of hopefulness and newness fills the air.  As we observe nature’s new growth slowly emerging before our eyes, it may prompt us to think about our own self-growth.  In order to create the energy of expansion in our lives, it is necessary to get rid of the old things that are keeping us stuck and preventing us from moving forward.   Lightening our load provides the momentum necessary to move forward.  Just as the rain cleanses the earth and seeps into it nourishing the seeds of new plants, new thoughts can seep into our minds nurturing our own seeds of growth. 

When the warm weather arrives, people are eager to get outside and enjoy it.  Bright, shiny days beckon us outdoors to clean our yards, play with the kids, or just savor the rejuvenating energy.  Rainy days are often looked upon with disappointment when they interrupt our plans leaving us feeling melancholy.  Just as the brilliance of a sunny day nurtures our spirit so can a rainy day.  Rainy days offer us a lesson in patience and acceptance.  If we choose to learn from them, they are opportunities to facilitate our growth and bring us happiness.  The essence of a cleansing rain conveys a subtle message to slow down and go with the flow providing us with a chance to hone our abilities to be flexible.  By dropping our resistance to a situation we cannot change, we learn to adapt.  Modern society has conditioned us to resist our innate nature as human beings and cultivated the belief that we can control everything.  Many of us are so caught up in the fast pace of modern life that we don’t realize we are living in a state of constant stress, and we’ve forgotten how to slow down.  From a young age many children are subjected to this frenzied world and grow up thinking that being tense is natural.  Though the effects of living in this manner may not initially be obvious, they start to show up as health problems as we age. 

When we resist accepting things we cannot change, we end up wasting energy focusing on what we perceive as negative aspects of a situation.   By simply changing our thinking, we can easily change our perspective.  A rainy day can be a gift offering us a chance to slow down and turn introspective.   Accepting circumstances out of our control and going with the flow cultivates grace in our lives.  Focus on the positive aspects of a rainy day.  Instead of trying to escape it, try embracing the cleansing energy.  Spend the day cleaning out the old and making room for the new.  Getting rid of old thoughts, habits, or things that no longer serve you makes room for new ideas and energy to facilitate your personal growth. 

Take advantage of the cleansing spirit of the rain by cleaning!  Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed with “spring cleaning.”  Just start small.  The kitchen is always a great place to begin.  You could simply start by getting rid of outdated food.  If you feel compelled, you could progress to removing some of the junk foods that have become a part of your life.  Clearing out the old food will make room for new healthy food.  Throw out old recipes that no longer appeal to you and replace them with healthier recipes.  You could spend time trying a new healthy recipe or planning healthy meals for the week.      

Get rid of old clothes that you no longer wear or no longer fit.  Holding on to clothes that don’t fit creates stagnant energy preventing you from moving forward.  Prior to my 100 pound weight loss, I got rid of clothes that were too small.  For years I had held on to them hoping I would fit into them again someday.  They were simply taking up space in my closet and serving no purpose in my life so I chose to donate them to charity.  When I lost weight, I naturally wanted to buy new, smaller clothes.  As I was losing weight, I regularly got rid of the old, larger-sized clothes.  It feels really good to donate unused clothes to a charity and know that people who really need them will make good use of them.  Letting go of the old clothes will create space for the great new clothes you will be wearing to complement your new healthy appearance. 

If the rain puts a crimp in your outdoor exercise plans, try something new. Go to an indoor mall to walk inside or go bowling.  There are lots of exercise shows available on cable TV, on-line, or at the library.  Try something you’ve never done before.  Put on some great music and dance around your house.  You could even run up and down the stairs to get your indoor workout.   

Think back to your childhood – what child can resist playing outside in the rain?  Children instinctively love the energy of rain.  I love walking outdoors on a rainy day.  Though I may be taking the same route, it’s a chance to see and feel something familiar from a different perspective.  As the rain gently falls on me, I envision it washing away all the stresses in my life and renewing my energy.  I typically arrive back at my destination feeling chilled yet refreshed and will often take the time to warm up with a cup of tea and savor the serenity of the moment. 

Curling up with a good book is a fantastic way to spend a rainy day.  Consider getting a book from the library instead of purchasing one.  I hadn’t been to the library since I was a kid and never even considered it until a friend made the suggestion.  I love the fact that borrowing a library book is “green” plus it has saved me a lot of money.  Instead of selecting a book from your usual genre, peruse the shelves to see what appeals to you, and try something new.

I invite you to think of April showers as nourishing gifts.  As the rain nurtures Mother Earth, let the cleansing energy nourish your soul and entice you to try something new.  Cleaning out the old thoughts, ideas, and stuff will make room for fresh, new energy in your life.  Grab your umbrella and go for a walk.  Or even better, skip the umbrella and dance in the rain to soak up the cleansing energy.  If you have kids, create some wonderful memories with them by dancing in the rain.  Teaching children to focus on the wonderful aspects of rainy days will help to cultivate acceptance and flexibility in their young lives.  In addition, I invite you to forward this blog to your friends and sign up for weekly e-mail updates at www.belightandhealthy.com to get informed and inspired to Be Light and Healthy.  When you sign up, you will receive an e-mail requesting you confirm your subscription.  After you confirm, you will begin receiving weekly updates.

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