I woke this morning to the gentle patter patter of rain falling on our tile roof. I love that sound. It felt so gentle and nurturing and I lay their imaging how the soil was drinking and soaking it in after such a dry spell, how the plants were enjoying the moisture so that they could grow and other day, and I heard the birds frolicking joyfully in the trees.
It was like Mother Nature was shedding tears of joy for the world and bringing life, thousands of single tears that accumulate in ponds which flow into rivers, then lakes, then oceans.
So life supporting.
Sometimes, like this morning, the rain is gentle and nurturing. Other times it seems thunderous and angry in great swirling storms creating powerful torrents of water that sweep across the countryside. Then the storm recedes as quickly as it came.
Other times the rain just falls, for days, consistently and unrelentingly like the earth herself is heaving a great release and doesn’t stop until she is done. That release fills parched streams, dams and rivers - filling the cup of life.
In all of these moments of teardrops of rain Mother Nature is just doing what she needs to do when she needs to do it. Restoring the equilibrium and balancing the big picture.
It occurred to me that human tears are the same.
We shed tears of joy, love and happiness. We shed tears in short angry storms, in releasing grief and anxiety, in empathy for others. Our tears flow deeply from the rivers of our souls in joy, sadness and anger …. All expressions of what we need and are feeling at the time to bring equilibrium back into our lives.
And just like Mother Nature …. afterwards, when the tears have stopped, everything is greener, fresher, fuller and more vibrant.
The trouble is that Western society has taught us to hold back our tears and emotions. We have been trained to think that to shed a tear is a sign of “weakness”, that to show how we are feeling is in appropriate and unacceptable and something to be ashamed of.
My passions are nature, people, and building cultures of cooperation, harmony, sharing and reverence for life. I enjoy working with people to help them understand themselves and others so they can reach their full potential in life.