When it rains, it pours...
As April waned, Mother Nature showed up to do her part to bring on the flowers of May here in Western Massachusetts.
Thick gray clouds moved in for days and days and days. The sun disappeared and we got doused. Drizzled upon. Misted. Drenched.
The flowers loved it. So did I.
This wasn't always the case.
There was a time that "rainy days and monday's would always get me down." Prone to bouts of depression, primarily propelled by the unexplored grief of a traumatic childhood, I'd invariably cloud up on gray days, and rain on my own parade.
Nowadays, I find gray days and stormy weather both comforting and energizing. It is always a chance to get real.
Whether it's an overcast sky, a soft foggy drizzle, a thunder-booming rip-snorting whizzbanger -- or anything in-between -- once I remember to just be present for the actual experience, there is something immensely alive and vibrant about the about such weather. Dancing beyond our ability to control it, Mother Nature just is. She will just do what she will do -- no matter how we think or feel about it.
So, why not relax and dig it!?
At this very moment
As I sit here with fingers dancing across the keyboard, I see the sun finally emerging to play hide and seek with the storm clouds. Through the open window, I hear the wind singing in the trees, a collection of birds twittering, the pulsating surf of tires hissing along the rain-slickened asphalt of High Street.
Life As It Is
As best as I can tell, the key to the Gateless Gate that Zen master Mumon Ekai (1183-1260) presented in his classic collection of koans, is our ability to let go of our desire to control Life to meet our own self-serving agenda. Grabbing for what isn't and resisting what is, we pull the plug on our fundamental connection to the unlimited energy available. If we are willing to open our hearts and minds to embrace Life on its own terms, Life, itself, embraces us.
Increasingly, a deep sense of ease and joy emerges.
It's sometimes just that simple.
It takes Practice.