A MINDFUL WALK IN THE RAIN

I woke up yesterday morning and it was windy and was raining really hard.  I didn’t have to work yesterday, so I just stared out the window.  In that moment, I was somewhat relieved that I wouldn’t have to stick to my walking routine,  but also dreaded the thought of just staying indoors.  I like being outside.  So, I was thinking about how I have a choice on how I meet my day.   Dread and resent the awful weather – sulk around for the day?  Just get all of the housework that I’m behind on?  That’s always fun…  no.  I had a choice this day.  I chose to get my rain pants and coat on.  I put on a baseball cap, and out in the rain I went.  What I enjoyed on this walk was the sound of the rain hitting the trees and the leaves releasing the drops to the ground, and how the rain tapped gently on my rain coat.  I enjoyed looking at the huge oak leaves that were sort of Modge Podged to the cement creating a collage of brown, gold, and red leaves.  I noticed the gorgeous colors of fall surrounding me.  Some trees solid yellow, some trees almost empty of their leaf filling.  I noticed how the air felt on my face and how it smelled like that familiar smell of Fall.  If I hadn’t taken that walk, I would have missed the essence of just “being” in the rain.  No thoughts.  Just paying attention to the good around me, taking it all in like a good movie.

You see, we have a choice in how we greet the day.  Whether we love where we work or where we need to be each day, we can greet it by finding the good things, the curious things, the wonder of things.  When we take small moments to notice our surroundings, we are actually slowing life down, noticing that life moment – whether for one minute or like my 1 hour walk (which by the way I was SOAKED!), noticing pleases the heart and helps us notice that in that moment, that moment is good!