Mindful Mondays: Feel the Rain

Each Monday, I would like to share a reminder about the importance of being mindful.  These will come from literature, popular culture, music--anywhere one might get this sort of everyday life nudge.

Today's Mindful Monday's reminder has, like so many other excellent quotes, been falsely attributed to a number of others, including Bob Marley (as I saw all over Pinterest last week).  And though it seems like something he might have believed, instead the quote comes from an American singer, songwriter, actor, and musician, Roger Miller.

"Some people feel the rain--others just get wet." Roger Miller

I like this, because this IS mindfulness.  It is being present.  Living and moving from one moment to the next.  Truly experiencing the world around us.  Using our senses fully and being aware of how we feel.

So, today, this week, this month, this year...

Feel the rain. The shower. The breeze.  The sunshine.  The pavement below your feet.

Smell the rain.  The flowers.  The cookies.  The subway car.  The fountain water.

Hear the rain.  The cars on wet pavement.  The giggles of children.  The shutting of car doors.  The rush of the passing train.  The soft sigh of contented sleep.

See the rain.  The puddles forming at the sidewalk's edge.  The clouds in the sky.  The green of the grass.  The shine of a joyful smile.

Taste the rain.  The exotic taste of something new.  The love of a thoughtful treat.  The comfort of the familiar. 

Remember, making mindfulness happen in your daily life is up to you.  You have the power to be present in your life or to float though.  Simply "making it through" your day-to-day, however, isn't really living.  So, get mindful and start truly living.  And feel the rain.