A few blogs ago I shared about emotions being like the weather and the weather as a metaphor for life. There are so many different weather patterns in our lives. And not only in life but even within a day. The other day, I woke feeling bright and sunny with a few fluffy clouds. As I write this I am smiling at that sentence as it reminds me of one of Justin’s childhood books, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Memories can change our emotional weather pattern.
When I reflect on my day before bed, I am amazed at how it truly is like the moving weather. The key term here is moving. Just yesterday I woke feeling ready for the day. That feeling morphed into cloudy and gray skies as I struggled with a computer issue and a few difficult conversations. After my yoga practice it was a little sunnier. The postal service delivered some new yoga therapy books I was waiting for and my son came back from his dads and it was sunny skies for the rest of the day.
Talk about a weather current! I find most of my days are up and down. The trick I think is to be aware and watch as all the weather patterns come and go. Watching releases my attachment to the outcome and helps me remember a new weather current could be just around the corner.
It is also worth considering how frequently your day is sunny or even mild. We often get caught and attached to the “bad weather” during our day. Pema Chodron invites us to pay attention to how often we find joy or happiness (sunny skies) in our day and compare that to the frustrating or stressful parts of our day (cloudy/stormy skies). It’s an experiment I regularly track and I’m always surprised at how many more sunny moments I have than cloudy skies.
Here’s to experiencing all types of weather.