Having been born and raised in the Maritimes, I spent a good portion of my life exposed to some pretty wicked rain storms. Our bay opens up into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which means that some of those rain storms were practically hurricanes. I remember some rain storms that were so strong that we could barely see out the window of our apartment. My father LOVES the rain and would frequently have us jump into the car and chase the storm so we could enjoy it for as long as we could.
That probably sounds lame and dull to many, but there’s a reason why the sound of rain is so prominently featured in relaxation music and meditation sounds. The sound of falling rain has a calming effect and most people enjoy listening to it. I, personally, enjoy sitting in my garage while the rain pours down, letting the sound wash over me like a natural white noise machine. We’ve been having a lot of rain here in recent days, and it’s been reminding me of home.
We slept with our bedroom window open while the rain fell. Somehow, between the cool air and the hypnotic sound I almost seemed to sleep better than usual. Reminds me of days sitting in my car on the wharf while torrents of rain pounded the open bay. There’s nothing like it. And meditating with the sound of the rain? Fugedaboutit! Total bliss. Most people don’t like the rain; they see it as something negative that prevents comfortable navigation of the outside world and limits activities. But believe me when I say the benefits can far outweigh the negative perceptions. ☯️