In praise of the rain – mindfulness and counselling in nature

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I had the fortune to be out at Stanmer Park in Totnes, Paignton and Newton Abbott this morning, working at the Centre for Ecotherapy. The weather went from mild drizzle to pouring rain. As we sat under our beautiful willow dome, getting slowly soaked with the increasing intensity of the rain, I felt a deep sense of wellbeing. Not the most obvious response to getting wet from the rain?

Stating the obvious, particularly when sitting in an allotment, the rain is of course crucial to the ongoing wellness of the land and all that grows on it. Seeing the abundant, vibrant growth around me, it made me feel grateful for what gifts we have in our natural world. The rain (and of course sunshine and soil) is a crucial contributor to the plants’ natural potential and desire to grow.

I also noticed how much we tend to try to avoid the physical discomfort of getting wet, whether it’s in donning rain gear, putting up umbrellas or simply sheltering as I was today. That’s normal. Being soaked to skin eventually becomes tiresome and potentially detrimental to one’s health. At the same time, there is something quite invigorating and awakening in allowing yourself to be open to the experience of the rain. It’s a very physical, embodying experience, one in which you have to be alive to the world and your presence in it. So here’s to getting soaked in the rain.

By Matt Fox – Counselling in Totnes, Paignton and Newton Abbott

Photo by Geoff McHugh licensed under Creative Commons