• Sarah Tilghman

Learning to Dance in the Rain

“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain.” —Vivian Greene

For a variety of reasons, I have taken my health and wellness to a new level in 2020. I was recently was on a run. I love the way it expands my lungs and allows me the space to breath. I can ground into mother Gaia and clear my mind. It is my personal time to myself where I can be with me. One week in particular, on two different days there was a couple of runs that I went on, and with zero warning, I got caught in huge rainstorms. Instantly, I freaked worrying about if I was going to slip and fall, who would come and get me? Would I be able to even call anyone? After looking at my phone I realized it was 1% battery power. As soon as I realized this, I started running faster, going my regular pace was no longer a possibility. I was running from the rain and not dancing in it. In the sprinting, I realized how fabulous it feels to breathe again. I noticed how fast I could actually go. I realized the universe could really push me to see my potential in a variety of ways. The flowers and mother Gaia really appreciated it, as she really needed it.

The second run, and I got caught in another storm I reflected on what the message was. I knew the universe was trying to tell me something, I wasn’t sure what it was. In the run, I had an “ aha” moment. The universe was talking to me, quite literally and teaching me the message of this quote. I could start to dance and embrace the rain and raindrops, without a raincoat. I started being grateful for the little things in my life. Started noticing areas of my life that were really working out for the best for me and for others, and how to continue. I came home with a big smile on my face, but also instantly jumped in for a warm shower.

I brought this perspective not only to my runs, but to my everyday life. It is obvious that we are in a stormy time in our lives, but how can we dance? Personally, I’ve noticed I am more present to the people and the conversations. I am more aware of my impact and personal space and the energy around me. I have also become significantly closer to friends, and strengthen the relationships that I am currently actively participating in. The more we take care of ourselves and look out for our neighbors, the happier we are. I am consistently rebalancing my relationship and walk with mother Gaia.

Where in life can we start to dance in the rain? How can we dance with mother Gaia in this? How can we see the positive in the times that we are in? What if instead of focusing on the negative, we started to dance and celebrate the little things through as well? What would change? How would you change?

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