A Cold Rain Starting

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A cold rain starting
And no hat –
So?
~ Matsuo Basho

 

Its thirty-four degrees outside and raining. The snow on the ground is both crusty and slushy. Not my ideal of winter weather and I wish it was both colder and snowing. Madeleine awakes, hears the rain on the bus roof, looks outside and exclaims, “It’s raining!” She is excited and thrilled and adds, “It’s really raining and hard,” although I don’t think it is raining very hard. I catch myself just before I say, “Yup and I wish it was colder and snowing.”

I am soon caught by her excitement and find myself hastily putting on my rain jacket in order to keep up with her as we head outside to play in the rain and slush. I am soon having fun and enjoying the sound of the rain as it falls to the earth. Plus warmer snow is much better for building a snowman.

 

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So why was I not simply and immediately excited by rain as she was? Seems that I, like all of us, exist too much in our heads and in the realm of “wishing for something else.” I find myself all too often wishing for something other than what is actually happening and searching for something just a little more perfect. Do you feel that same way?

Rain is okay, but wouldn’t snow be so much better? What then….

Plop! a large rain drop falls from far above and hits me right on the rim of my glasses, ricocheting into my right eye. Wow, that sure woke me up from my mental reverie! Instantly I am surprised out of my mind and into the body and mind that is larger than myself, namely the present. This exact moment and for a moment I am here. Right here! Now! Rain!


written by David LaFever

5 thoughts on “A Cold Rain Starting

  1. Jim Hight

    Rain! Yes, it’s a great reality, and I miss it so often by wishing for something else. Thanks for the post. Hope to visit Twisp in the spring.

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  2. Mark Pringle

    64:
    where did that gust come from
    whistling through the heavens
    shaking the whole forest
    blowing open my bamboo door
    without arms or legs
    how does it move around
    impossible to track
    in the cliffs a tiger laughs

    Stonehouse’s tiger cracks up at the wild nature of wind – here’s to wind, rain, and snow in the eye… and to you for your present moment tidings.
    Alex tells me that you were influential in encouraging the AZG to invite Red Pine to come to Arcata. He gives his first talk tonight at Rinshin-ji.
    Should be interesting! Thanks again.

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