The [borrowed] photograph above is of the Atacama Desert in Chile, one of the driest places on Earth. After a rare record rainfall last year, the bulbs and seeds which had lain dormant for many many Moons burst forth in a joyous expression of Life.
When asked, what is the most important thing we can do for the world, Thich Nhat Hanh replied simply, to "listen to the sounds of the Earth crying." When we drop deep enough into stillness to sense both the profound grief and profound beauty of the Earth -- our home -- we will water the Her with our tears and perhaps the Rains we pray for will follow.
This week, take time to tend to those darkened corners within, those boxes left unpacked in the innermost chambers of our hearts, considering what it is that you have not yet grieved, not yet felt, not yet allowed the tears to fall for. Experiencing grief fully is a sacred initiation and an essential rite of passage. Pain, sadness, and grief, most especially, are deeply important parts of Life no matter how much our current culture insists otherwise.
What if the rains will only come to soften the thirsty places when the humans can once again listen to the sound of the Earth crying and grieve her pain as their own? Water the Earth with your tears, and I believe many soaking Rains will follow.
Oh, and PS -- when your Heart is thirsty and barren, and you allow the tears of many Moons to fall, you too will be like this desert, fully blossomed in a way you'd almost forgotten.
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