As a kid I would stand in the rain, stare up at the sky, and just let it wash over me. Sometimes friends would join me, sometimes playing, sometimes just listening to the rain. I could be happy and let the rain in. I always remember seeing others scrambling between overhangs, huddling under umbrellas, or squeezing their eyes shut, trying to keep out the rain. Is it the rain everyone avoids? Or is it something else?
We can stand outside in the pouring rain in the middle of a field or open plaza. Huddled under an umbrella we are hiding from the big open space and closing ourselves off, protecting ourselves from what could be dangerous. But rain is not dangerous. Rain is life giving and nourishing. With out rain we would not have food and water to drink and we would not survive. What is there to be scared about from the rain? What is to be scared about living and flourishing?
Take this as a challenge the next time you see it is raining and you need to go outside. Step out into the world and let it flow over you, cleanse you, and open you up to new possibilities to live your life and flourish. Be nourished and grow from the rain. You can become more than you ever thought you could be.
A few months ago it was pouring hard and I decided I needed to go for a walk. I had so much fun out splashing in the puddles. No one was around. No one cared I was being foolish. I could really let the rain in and be vulnerable. Other things came in too, thoughts about my life’s experiences that I had not yet accepted about myself.
I started to wonder about changes I needed to make in my life and where my heart wanted to take me next. I developed a new image of myself and I have begun to make new choices based off of this, flourishing in a way I did not know was possible. I feel whole and more connected to life around me. I feel successful, joyful, and excited for the new adventures ahead of me.
It is not just the rain that can be hard for people to let in. We get stuck in our ways and feel uncomfortable letting go and developing new patterns. Just think about any food habits you have tried to change. We get attached to what we know even if it is not the best for us. We are scared of the unknown, regardless of if it is just rain, a new job, or other life changes. We will be safe. Opening ourselves up to be vulnerable, even if it is just in the rain, can be helpful in developing a mental space where vulnerability is not dangerous.
Take the opportunity to learn more about vulnerability with one of my favorite TED talks. It can be very rewarding to open yourself up to this. I would be remissed if you did not take this opportunity for your own personal growth. -Jillian
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. Join her for live classes in The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities or work one-on-one with Jillian with her wellness and herbal consultations.