How we relate to the weather says a lot about how we relate to life. And we can use our relationship to the sky as a mindfulness tool (a barometer if you will) to look more deeply into our conditioned responses in our daily lives.
The first step is to shine the light of awareness onto how we perceive the weather day in and day out. Do we find ourselves obsessively worried about it, checking the forecast often? Are we disappointed when anything other than sunshine happens? When the weekend rolls around do we find ourselves saying, “Man, I really hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow, that would suck.” Do we describe the day as dreary, awful, or some other adjective for unpleasant when it’s simply cloudy out? How quick are we to label the day as “bad” solely based on the weather? Do we dread any sort of physical discomfort or complain about the cold, heat, rain or snow?
This may seem trite but I would counter that indeed it is the areas that we label as un-important in life that can often bear the most fruit. If we get bent out of shape over the weather, which is almost entirely out of our control, it stands to reason that there are other areas in which we are not grounded in our lives. Getting bent out of shape can take many forms from anger to mild irritation to simply carrying your hope for “better” weather around with you in the back of your mind.
If our relationship to the weather is that of it never being just right or commonly waiting for the promise of tomorrow to bring more sun, more warmth or more whatever it is we think will make us happy this provides a mirror for us to see how we relate to the present moment. When we spend our present moment waiting for something better to happen in the next moment, whether it be in regards to the weather or not, we carry with us the stress of never being satisfied. When we spend our lives waiting for better weather we spend our lives waiting for a day that never comes. Learning the art of Be Here Now is the most valuable practice we can offer to ourselves, our loved ones, our community, and the world.
Being here now is not an ethereal idea or intellectual thought it is a true practice – a practice that you engage with and bring alive. The practice doesn’t just happen on its own when the conditions are “right”, you have to actually do it. It can be easy at first to think that Be Here Now means to deny your feelings or cover up certain parts of your experience but this is not the case. To Be Here Now is to let go of the stories we attach to life’s unfolding that are neither skillful for our process of moving forward or provide value. When we practice letting go of our regrets about the past and worries about the future the present moment is available to us.
We create the internal garden that we water. When we water seeds of negativity, self-doubt, self-pity, complaining, worrying, stress, fear, anger, and so on those are surely the seeds that will grow inside of our mental, physical and emotional states of being. When we water seeds of joy, ease, acceptance, openness, connection, adaptation, letting go, and so on those are surely the seeds that will grow. What kind of garden do we want to nourish right here in this present moment?