The Art of Mindfulness: How to Slow a Rainstorm

raindrops

How to slow a rainstorm:

watch.

Watch the way the water falls.

Watch the way the raindrops catch on leaves,

and cling,

then slide

away.

Watch for the wisdom in the gray.

Watch for the darkening, the heat underneath,  and the way the mist moves.

Remember?

Remember how we could curse the rain,

and the rush,
and the
cold streaming
of our liquid lives.

And they will fall just the same.

Or we could watch.

We could open our mouths not to speak but to listen.

Because if we taste it deep enough,

I swear –

we could slow a rainstorm.

 

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36 thoughts on “The Art of Mindfulness: How to Slow a Rainstorm

  1. Robert

    A lovely description of mindfulness Allison :)

    If we immerse ourselves in the present moment everything changes doesn’t it? Why curse the rain, it will fall just the same, pefect understanding! Enjoy it and then not only does time slow down, it stops. In that moment of now this is all there is, no past, no future; ergo – no time :)

    Beautiful images in your words too!

    Love and light to you my friend.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      My sweet friend,
      Thank you so much for your (always) gorgeous words and thoughts. I hold them so dear, Robert. :)
      I can feel the energy in your words here and I know you understand the message that came to me in this sort-of-poem-sort-of-post-sort-of-whatever the thing is. I woke up a few days ago with this ‘loud’ silent message “how to slow a rainstorm: watch” – it literally woke me up in the night, sharp and clear as a knife. So wild. I knew what it meant in just those few words.
      I guess sometimes you don’t need that many words, right?
      Your compliments light me up, as you are gorgeous with words and I am humbled. *hugs*
      Thank you for your presence and your glow.
      Super big love and warmest light to you, my good friend.

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      1. Robert

        Wow, what a lovely revelation to be woken to in the middle of the night!

        And yes, you summed it up beautifully in so few words, the message came through loud and clear in your post ‘sort-of-poem-sort-of-post-sort-of-whatever the thing is’ :) Inspired by angels!

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        1. Allison Marie Post author

          It really, really, totally was, my friend. I LOVE when that happens . . . it is so awesome that you understand.

          Thank you for your brilliance and your passion and your light. I’m so damn grateful for it. :)

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  2. Meg Evans

    Thanks Allison, this is lovely, and just what I needed to read this morning. :) Brought back memories of watching raindrops slowly slide down the window pane as a child. We didn’t need to remind ourselves to practice mindfulness back then — we just did it instinctively.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Dearest Meg,

      Your words actually made me smile AND get tears in my eyes.

      What you say totally resonates with me as I remember the rain as a kid, too. Splashing in it. Swallowing it. Just feeling it so thoroughly without a word.

      Bless you, my dear friend. I’m so happy to hear from you. ;)

      Sending much love and light your way,

      Allison

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  3. Brad

    Great idea and description of mindfulness Allison. I’m enjoying all the rain and was listening to it last night on my way to dreamland. Next time I’ll try watching and slowing myself to tune into the eternal behind the rain.
    I feel better already! Thanks! :)

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Brad,
      “the eternal behind the rain” . . . I just adore your words. Gorgeous. :)
      I’m so glad this one lifted you up a little – that’s the best. Sending so much love and peace your way, dear one, always.

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  4. Hugh Roberts

    That’s almost like slowing down time itself isn’t it , Allison? A wonderful thought, yet as I get older time seems to get faster. I’m not sure why, because my childhood days seemed liked they went on for ever.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Hugh,
      I’m so happy to hear from you! Thank you for your kind words and thoughts, my friend.
      I was thinking about the rainstorm and how so many people speak poorly of the rain – always rushing it to get to the sun. I love the rain, tho. I think a storm has so very much to teach – in nature, in life. :)
      Sending so much peace and light your way,
      Allison

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  5. Rajagopal

    Does the rain remind of cold streaming of our liquid lives? Probably it does. The south west monsoon rains will be on here in Cochin in a few days from now. It will be like a zillion overhead showers for next three months, for nature to emerge cleaner, younger and green-fully happier for remainder of the year…thanks for the inspiration for mindfulness, Allison..

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello beloved Raj.

      Maybe it does, my sweet friend . . . I am sure the rain has many, many varied things to teach us if we let her in. :)

      Monsoon rains, wow. And “a zillion overhead showers” . . . that sounds magical to me. A cleansing of sorts. Must be incredibly powerful.

      Blessings to you, love and light always.

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  6. Mike

    A rainstorm relaxes as much as a race car excites.
    Embrace the simple pleasures in life and take care to notice beauty; take time to enjoy the quiet moments.

    I really enjoyed how you wrote this. Wise words about life. Humanity needs to slow down from time to time. Slower steps can make the journey more complete :)

    Happy to find you still working your magic, Allison!!

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hey Mike, hey,

      I am SO thrilled to see you here – thank you for taking the time and care to leave such an awesome comment. I’m digging the race car reference. :)

      Taking time to slow is a mighty powerful practice, right. I am so glad you enjoyed this one. You know I’m always here whenever you need a break or a boost, my dear friend.

      How goes your creative life these days? I hope it is joyful and magical and just enough of a challenge to keep you fierce.

      So much peace and light your way, Mike! :)

      Reply
  7. Donna Cameron

    Lovely, Allison! What a beautifully written reminder to pay attention to our lives. I think the simple act of paying attention is one of those secrets to a good life. You said it as beautifully as anyone could. I read it over twice to savor it! Thanks!
    Donna

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Donna,

      Thank you so much for your brilliant energy and light – I can totally feel it coming right through your words! It means the world to me to know you got some moments of peace and that a ray of truth shone through for you. Ain’t love grand?? :)

      I LOVE that you read it over twice to savor it. That totally melts my heart. Thank you so much, my beautiful friend.

      Peace to you, always. :)

      Allison

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Oh Noelle,

      What an absolutely beautiful thing to say. Thank you for being here, for your light, and for your energy.

      You are an exquisite spirit indeed, my friend. I am so very grateful.

      Reply
  8. Val

    Allison – Thank you for such a beautiful way of describing how we can all connect to the moment and slow life down into each drop.
    Hugs
    Val

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Val,

      Thank you so much for being here and for your beautiful words! I am so grateful to you. I know you are a master in the art of mindfulness and your thoughts mean very much to me.

      Blessings, peace and big hugs back, :)

      Allison

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  9. Alejandro

    Allison,

    What a great exercise it is living in a fast pace, bubbling with activities kind of society, to slow down and to take the time to just be an active observer…not a speaker, not a doer but just a simple and powerful observer of nature all around us, and in this case to watch the magnificence of a rainstorm. There is so much we can learn from nature, our lives can be tremendously enriched. As each of us applies the art of mindfulness we will find more joy, happiness and meaning in our journeys…

    Alejandro

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Alejandro,

      It’s lovely to have your words and thoughts, thank you for taking the time and care to leave them here. I really appreciate your use of the term “active observer.” I think you nailed it – that’s the piece. It isn’t a blank stare into a dull, meaningless world. It’s a full on engagement – a listening with a trust and a knowing that messages are coming to us all the time. Sort of like our spirit saying “Ok – bring it – I’m here, I’m ready.”

      So much to learn. :)

      Sending blessings and much peace your way, my friend, always.

      Allison

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  10. Darshith

    Hello Allison Dear :)

    This post is so great and in such simple words tells us how to slow things down in life & that is surely by the art of mindfulness :) This idea didn’t actually ever dawned upon me, but now as I know & I believe it to be true because I have felt it, this will linger my mind for a long time to come, whenever I will want to slow time :)

    Thanks a lot for sharing & I am always late in reading the posts of my friends & weekend is the best time to catch up with the beautiful words & ideas shared by beautiful people :)

    Love, Darshith !!

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello my dearest Darshith,

      I absolutely LOVE your comment! I love that you took your gorgeous positive energy and laced it all through your words – I am always SO grateful when you come by and share your thoughts. They are always so uplifting and gracious. Thank you so. :)

      You have a very bright and warm spirit, my sweet friend. I am thrilled that this piece resonated for you and I truly hope the thoughts here will bring you peace upon peace for days to come. :)

      So much love your way, always,

      Allison

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Thank you so kindly, Eric. I appreciate your observations about this photo very much.

      Always love to meet a fan of the monochrome photo.

      Peace to you, always,

      Allison

      Reply
  11. Carol Blake Sessums

    Oh, Allison! I soooo love this!! What beauty. I think the most talented writing is in fewer words such as this. You can capture so much (a whole world), wrapped in just a few words. Awesome! It rains quite frequently here in Mississippi. Hallie and I get tired of it at times, but it’s nice to shut off all the other busy sounds (noise) around us (tv, stereo, smartphone, laptop), open the curtains, pop up the window and just let ourselves be consumed by every single drop of rain. It’s nature’s music, the way the drops dance, jump and play on the leaves like chimes doing a jitterbug in the breeze. It’s magical, tranquil, entrancing. The smell of it drifting in through the window – Aw, man! It’s nice to sit outside in the porch swing and watch, breathe it in and listen to it, also. So nice to live in the moment, enjoy what we are given, be still and pay attention to everything that surrounds us rather than being shut up inside our own little self-consuming bubbles.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Beautiful magical soul-sista Carol B,

      I have missed you my sweet friend – I always, always love hearing from you! Thank you so much for your energy and spirit. They light this space right on up. :)

      I am thrilled this little post spoke to you and I’m loving how you speak about getting drenched by the rain. “like chimes” – so elegant and perfect.

      It’s really mindful how you say watching the rain is a connection of sorts, a touching of something deeper and yet beyond our “little bubbles.” I’m holding that image close, friend.

      Wishing you so much peace and inspiration. I hope you are doing well – I’m sending calm vibes your way . . . XO

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      1. Carol Blake Sessums

        For a while now, I’ve let my life run me instead of the other way around. Allowing 46+ hours of work a week and fluff (meaningless time fleeting stuff) to control me. Well, I’m saying no more. I’ve not made much time for blogging and I’ve been totally missing my friends (like YOU!) and missing my writing and many other things I enjoy. It’s all family first (which is the best part of my life) and then work fit in around that. I seem to find fluff to fill in all the empty space with this sort of ‘white noise,’ if there is any empty space and there always is. I’ve been dealing with a lot (rather a TON) of resistance and self-sabotage and I’m tired of doing this to myself. I have many ideas as to why I do this to me and I wonder if I can ever overcome these blocks I place in my own way. I let darkness creep in and I need to stop that! I’m going through a process right now that will enliven my spirit and strengthen my faith in myself and hopefully, get me to a higher place. I need to evolve. My spirit, mind and body all need to evolve. I just want to get to a place of calmness but joy (although I do have a lot of joy) and commit to doing those things that make me — me — and take the time and believe in myself more. I’m hoping the next 30 days will bring positive results. I’m counting on it. I’ll fill you in as I go into it a bit. ;) Where I suffer the most is just making time for myself. Everything else is good, so no worries. Be well, my sweet soul sistah! Love you! xoxo

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  12. Don

    Wonderful words Allison. There’s something about the rain that is so life-giving and invigorating. Poetic and expressed so beautifully.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Don,
      It is so awesome to have your words and presence here. Thank you so much, my friend. :)
      It is the best gift in the world to know this touched you.
      Blessings and peace, dear one,
      Allison

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