A walk in the rainPosted: September 4, 2012
This morning I woke up to a steady mizzle (mist and drizzle). I love walking in the misty rain. There is something magical about it. It’s almost as good as fog with its dream-like qualities.
The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing — a blanket — the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.
~ Douglas Coupland
Misty rain makes the world look like an impressionist painting. The colors are bold, the light is soft, and the details tend to blur in the mistiness. The Orton Effect of weather.
I’m resting today. No bike rides. No crazy workouts. Just a few slow walks around the pond and meadows, enjoying the feel of the rain. A day of almost continuous meditation. Breathing in, breathing out, getting glimpses of the space between breaths, between thoughts, between the Hamsa mantra. Ham (on the inhale)… sa (on the exhale)… There’s a lovely blog post about the Hamsa mantra here.
Now that I am close to the end of my year-long yoga and food challenges, I’ve been pondering the question that always comes up at this point: What next? Something new? Or maybe nothing at all?
I will continue with the daily yoga practice. I don’t think I’ll go back to eating meat although I’m not dismissing it completely as I have had thoughts of cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year. I still want to try a month of veganism, but that will have to wait until ice cream season is over. We don’t go to New Baltimore often for ice cream, but I don’t want to miss out on the last one or two helpings of creamy, delicious goodness.
Hmmm… a sugar-free month might not be a bad idea either.
A daily meditation practice is on the top of my list for a year-long challenge. The 28-day meditation challenge I did made such a difference in how I started my days. Although there were some occasions when meditation brought up strong emotions, most of the time I found it to be calming, balancing, and energizing. Even on the emotional days, it was a little like tuning an instrument so the sounds are warm and solid rather than harsh and out of harmony.
Well, I guess that’s it from the Bogs. Thank you for joining me on my walk on this beautifully misty day. I hope the overly humid weather doesn’t make your hair look as crazy as mine does with all its frizz and curl.
Wishing you a lovely day, evening, or night, wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.