08/22/2013 03:53 pm ET Updated Oct 15, 2013

14 Days of Summer, a Meditation: Day Five


Rain: Replenishment

Rain is essential to all our survival. Sometimes it forces us to stop our activities and just rest and replenish ourselves, just as it replenishes the earth. Think about it: We've all heard the statement "what goes up must come down." But what comes down also goes back up again. Rain is the ultimate cycle of regeneration: It comes down and feeds the life on earth, then evaporates back up into clouds and then comes back down again.

What do you need to replenish in your life? Are you stopping to enjoy the rain and the rest it brings? What might the rain be telling you in its call to slow down? Listen to it for a minute. Watch it. Smell it! Feel it. There's nothing quite like a warm summer rain to make you feel refreshed, cleansed, and replenished.

Make sure to come back tomorrow!

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