I’ve never been so happy to have rainy days as I’ve been this week. We’ve had an unusually long spell of hot and dry weather in our area, creating extreme drought conditions. Lake Cochichewick, our town’s reservoir is fortunately quite large, however, even with a voluntary water ban for most of the summer, the water level is noticeably lower. We have relied on our rain barrels to supplement watering pots, gardens, and foundation plantings. At times, our rain barrels ran dry.
To me, rain barrels seem like a metaphor for our own inner resources. At times during this busy summer, I felt as if my rain barrel was empty. Even though this season was full of so many blessings—visits with friends and family, a coaching Summit, a retreat, travel, work, gardening, camping, and swimming,—there were times when all of that activity and doing became overwhelming. As I returned to the meditation cushion after a few very hectic days when I let my practice lapse, I could sense that my rain barrel was beginning to fill again. I made a mental note of this and for the rest of the summer I did my best to find ways to incorporate some moments of stillness or sky-gazing into every day.
To navigate this transition period between summer and fall with more balance and joy, consider:
What fills your rain barrel?
What depletes it?
What commitment(s) do you want to make to yourself to insure that it doesn’t run dry?