The Feeling of Rain

The Feeling of Rain

When is the last time you chose to walk in the rain? Or better yet, when did you last run, dance, or play in the rain?

My kids do it all the time. When they see it raining outside, it is as if they are being beckoned outside to play. Immediately. They begin looking for their rain boots, which are fun for splashing, or they just go running barefoot outside to play in those falling drops of water.

We used to be kids once too, you know. We used to play without ever having to think it through. It was, and still is, our nature to play and enjoy being in the moment.

On a recent trip to Indianapolis to visit friends, we walked about a mile from our hotel to eat dinner at a yummy taco restaurant. On the other side of dinner, we found ourselves in the midst of a rain storm. Our group included four adults and four children – we looked at each other and someone said, “Uber?” But then, we all unanimously agreed to walk instead. Baby in the umbrella stroller (without real coverage), 3 squealing kids, and 4 giggling adults took to the sidewalks to walk a mile in the rain back to our hotel. We snapped this pic when we arrived, soaked and smiling. We felt exhilarated, free, and happy.

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When I reflect back on this, what I notice is that when I allow myself to be in the moment I am in, I become so present that I become one with the experience.  It can be oh-so-enjoyable to experience life this way. This is different from watching life unfold as an observer.  It is different than watching life happen to you.

Marsha Linehan, founder of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), called this concept of how to be mindful “one-mindfulness”, or the ability to focus on only one task in the present.  When practicing one-mindfulness, it may be helpful to remember: It takes more energy to hold yourself back from joining in with what’s happening in the present, than it does to fully embrace the moment and jump in.

The next time you see a warm, summer rain coming…. see what it’s like to NOT hold yourself back. Don’t pause to analyze what the rain will do to your hair or how you’ll have to change clothes afterward. If you do pause, let it be to take a deep breath and fully embrace the moment you are in… and then jump into the biggest puddle you can find.