By: Bethanie Jones
Every morning on my drive into work I make it a point to notice the sky. It provides a moment of quiet reflection, and it’s a great way to start the day. The sky lets us know what kind of mood Mother Nature is in. It lets us know where she’s been over the past few days and maybe where she’s headed. Is she well? Is she quiet? Is she bright and cheerful? Is she full of mixed colored clouds? Is the wind thrashing through her or is she still?
I remember hearing in a yoga class once, that our emotions are like the weather, ever changing and ever present.
The first time I heard it, I was so relieved. I interpreted the statement as “our emotions can’t be controlled and thus we are not responsible for them”; which meant I didn’t have to beat myself up over “my crazy” anymore, and I could just be like the weather and do as I pleased. No questions asked.
As one can imagine, it didn’t take very long before I realized that, that was not what the statement meant at all. What it meant was that our emotions, like the weather, are always a part of us. Our experience on earth is not complete without the sky, and like the sky, if we pay close attention and observe it without judgment-we will be better prepared for whatever is to come.
When the hot days of summer come Mother Nature is using up a lot of her energy. She shines so bright and so beautifully everything around her grows. People are buzzing and planning celebrations, flowers are standing tall, and even the lakes and oceans evaporate to get closer to her! After a few days of such exertion, doesn’t it make sense that she’d need a rest? Being so happy and cheerful certainly isn’t sustainable forever.
The subtle grays and blues slowly creep in, and she rains. She rests and she recharges. The leaves begin to change and all that surrounds her settles. She sheds the extra weight she’s been holding, and she takes some time to let go. Even when she weeps she benefits others. Her tears help nourish and heal all that is around her, and autumn brings an opportunity to move within.
Somehow, as humans, we’ve learned to place judgment on our emotions. Some we’ve labeled some as “bad” and some we’ve labeled as “good”. We may even go so far as to drink wine or take drugs to avoid the bad, and falsely create the good. What we miss is that both sides are necessary to achieve total balance, and both are beneficial to us. We must allow ourselves to feel both the light and the dark equally and just let them pass. Like the weather, both the sunshine and the storms are fleeting-yet both serve a necessary purpose.
So take a moment today to observe your sky and embrace it. Fully feel where you are and trust that you are precisely where you need to be. You are on your way.