When I eventually crawled into bed, feeling lighter . . . aligned, I remembered the advice from one of my most respected guides.
It was the morning of her fifth birthday party. The backyard was set up for a day of play and the sky was set up for a day of rain. I said to my daughter, “Oh I hope the rain comes soon so it’s nice for your party.”
Aria replied, “Mommy, don’t rush the sky! How would you feel if all the grass died, if all the leaves on the trees were crunchy, if all the flower petals fell off?"
It can be so hard to let life unfold at its natural pace. Our current societal race invites us to push through decisions, emotions, moments of not knowing, so we don’t fall further behind. But often life’s unfolding takes sitting with it, circling back, waiting for the clouds to pass.
When we try to “Rush the Sky”, we often ~
~ miss cues
~ misinterpret barriers as something to push harder against
~ live with an incessant circle of mental analysis
~ feel off balance or ungrounded
~ use up our energy faster than we can restore it
There is a sense of stillness in a clear sky, even though we know it’s in constant motion. When life feels clear and sunny, there is greater opportunity to focus on your pace and create space for your inner compass.
When life rains upon you, it’s a bit more unnatural to slow down and be in it. The first reaction is to run for cover. But, I invite you to try mindfully getting wet. Know that your roots are growing stronger and that by drinking it in drop by drop, you will blossom.
My Teacher ~ A Lesson in Mindfully Getting Wet: