Rain can bring a disillusionment of loneliness or dreariness. It is often accompanied by adjectives such as soaked, drenched, or damp. Such words connotate the opposite of “fun in the sun” or “fresh and dry”. The question is: who determines that rain is negative and sun is positive? Are they not equal partners in the same cycle?
Rain is also an association of emotions: gloom, doubt, sadness. But are not these emotions also equal partners in the same cycle of emotions such as: cheer, enthusiasm, and happiness? That brings us to what do we do when it rains: let it rain. What do we do when we are sad: be sad.
What is behind the curtain
One of my favorite thinkers, Carl Jung, wrote, “People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own soul.” We spoke about this previously in the analogy of facing the barking dog: fear it and it will chase you; face it and it will tame. There are a number of benefits for fostering this curiosity of self:
- Unlocks the mystery of where something came from
- Relinquishes anticipation of “what if”
- Bolsters nonlinear thinking
- Powers the muscle of curiosity
- Reveals the newness in the seemingly ordinary
Dr. Noam Shpancer deals a lot about the benefits of facing that proverbial emotional dog in his Psychology Today article.
This goes beyond emotions
You’ll have time to ponder this in the journal prompts below, but what else can be avoided besides emotions? Dr. Laura Schenck touches upon this in the Mindfulness Muse, specifically in our efforts to control situations, versus allowing, we often reek havoc in ways that are often less desirable than our original anticipates outcomes.
We alluded previously to Cory Muscara’s “E” in his FACE acronym from his book STOP MISSING YOUR LIFE: E is to embrace. We get stuck in our heads, worrying about the louds noises of unpleasantness, often overlooking the value of life lessons being taught to us, or worse–opportunities being opened to us.
Be present. Be Curious. Embrace. This is how life is meant to be lived.
Prompts for journaling
Journaling doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be one line; it can be fifty lines. It can be full sentences; it can be fragments or bullets. The idea is to hold up the magnifying glass on your life, explore it, and uncover its secrets.
Here are a couple of questions to get your introspection flowing:
- This week, what have I tried to avoid thinking about?
- What emotion(s) am I feeling right now?
- What are the seeds of the emotions I’m feeling right now?
- How can I sit with what I’m feeling?