I’m watching the rain. Blessed, wet, watery rain! Such a novelty for us Western Australians at the moment. We need it so much. Yet because we are so accustomed to blue skies and warm days, in my family, we seem to be completely ill equipped to manage the practicalities of a really wet day: Why has my son gone to school in a T.shirt and shorts today? Where will I hang my washing? How will I walk to the shop in this? Why are the cushions on the chairs on the porch all damp? This may sound odd to those of you who know me as a fairly organised and intelligent woman, and yet all this has floated through my mind today. It reminds me of when the power is out and I walk into a room holding a candle and flick on the light switch, dohh!
Am I the only one who finds it hard to make quick mental adjustments when everything changes? I hope not. This is a really good indication for me that I am not being in the moment. When we are fully present in our physical surrounds we are more likely to be able to go with the flow and bend with rather than butt up against, the need to change our behaviour. When we are living in our busy minds this is not so easy. I still need to slow down some more.
On Tuesday this week we witnessed to a very special full moon. My lovely friend Joanne told me on Wednesday that it was a Wesak Moon, the focus of the Wesak spiritual festival (click to read more) held mainly in countries with large Buddhist populations each year in May. It is known as a time of enhanced opportunity for light and love to come from Spirit into human form. It is a time of honouring the Buddha and his relationship to Jesus Christ in connecting humanity to the Divine.
I have certainly experienced heightened feelings of joy, expansiveness, gratitude, optimism and compassion this week. I always spend time looking at the sky each night and I am especially drawn outdoors when I know the full moon is rising. I believe we receive great benefits in our spiritual development when we are aware of and spend time looking at the moon and stars each night. We are blessed in our home to often see the moon setting, as we have a window up high, facing west in our bedroom. This week it looked quite golden and extra bright. Beautiful!
I am going to go and meditate now and give thanks for the rain.
Blessings of peace,