“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?”
There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
~Gilbert Keith Chesterton
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”
“A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.”
The sweetness of rain showered the earth all day with nurturing. I learned to love the rain while living in Hawaii and have continued to love it since. On an island where fresh water is a life force, the rain is always a blessing. The Hawaiian language shows the respect and honoring for rain in its more than 100 words of description for the gift of falling water. “Awa” is a mist or fine rain, “Kawa” is for heavy rain, “Ililani” for a storm, “hikiki’i” for rain that comes at a slant. Earlier in this blog, I enjoyed writing about the Eskimos many names for snow, and my 200 names for Love. It is this honoring of the essence of things and of taking the time needed to notice, acknowledge and feel the nuances and differences, that bestows the rain, the snow and love with such depth and breath.
During a brief respite between showers I found sparkling diamonds of rain drops scattered everywhere!
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So many ways of seeing, feeling and honoring the rain!
Nature’s peace and the knowing that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter, brings solace and serenity in all ways,
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
-Rachel Carson, Silent Spring