I was listening to the local classical music station this morning and the announcer came on as always to give a weather update. Temperatures will be dropping significantly tonight and another snow storm is on its way. He then gave a little bit of his thoughts and said, “winter will just not let go this year”. His thought inspired this entry.
It is a natural way to react when you are tired of winter and you just want spring to come on. Complaining does not make the winter blues go away, but somehow it seems to be a comfort at times. We have all done it and many still do continue to complain their lives away. Are we not all searching for that perfect day? That perfect moment when everything just seems to flow? When water flows it follows the path of least resistance. What we resist- persists. If the sun continued to shine day after day without the loving support of the rain, nothing would grow.
We are currently in a global water crisis. When we understand this, it becomes urgent to go forward from this moment and humbly give thanks for the water available to consume today. And, for the water that is coming in other forms, such as snow, hail, or rain. When we give as much as we receive, magic happens. We don’t know all the answers. Science will continue and try to figure out what is happening down here on Earth, but there is something deep inside every one of us that is stirring like a super storm. We intuitively know what is happening at the deepest level of our being. How can we not? Is not everything interconnected? Are we not merely microorganisms on this planet? We have fallen out of balance with the rest of nature and now something is stirring inside.
We must be like a log in the river and flow with the weather changes. Again, what we resist-persists. And so within our own lives, when we experience a shift in our weather we must flow with it or choose suffering. It’s always a choice. Even on a cloudy day the sun is shining!
I would like to conclude with this inspiring story of Buddha’s last words…
When Buddha was on his death bed he noticed his young disciple Ananda was weeping.
'Why are you weeping, Ananda?' he asked.
'Because the light of the world is about to be extinguished and we will be in darkness.'
The Buddha summoned up all his remaining energy and spoke what were to be his final words on earth:
'Ananda, be a light unto yourself.'
It was not too long after Buddha’s passing Ananda reached enlightenment. May your own light continue to shine through the rain, drought, wind, or snow.