Whenever it rains I feel my whole being is centered, focused and relaxed. The sound of the rain releases my tension and brings about a calm mindfulness. Breathing in deeply and taking in the earthy rain fragrance brings about a certain peaceful nostalgia.
The cool crisp earthy smell of rain is so pure and revitalizing.
Rain takes me back to specific events encapsulated in time. To those warm moments I hold dear. The significant imprints in time, that will always be apart of my history, that attributed to me becoming the person I am today. In moments of the soothing paced downpour I traverse my life as if it flashing before my eyes.
I smile and glance ahead, a warm cosy feeling embracing me. Immersing in that ‘ahhh bisto’ feeling of sorts as I cradle my chin leaning upon the window sill.
I meditate on all the good that comes to mind, the bad, the things that I learnt from, and the things from which I should have and still am learning from.
I ponder and appreciate the important people, love and growth that are now, today, adding value and immeasurable happiness to my life.
Rain really harnesses my reflective power. Although my pondering’s may be all over, I can really appreciate and live in that moment as it softly patters against my window and begins it final descent bringing life to the earth.
The clouds begin to clear and the warm glows of the sun embrace my face gently followed by shrill birdsong. All is new.
Simple things which are for the most part, taken for granted.
Whether I have a penny in the bank or a million, it is of no consequence, as the best things in life are free. Provided lovingly by mother nature.
A simple break, a distraction caused by rain promotes thought and enables insight bringing about the new. That is, if you enjoy rain as much as i do?
Time to make that Tea and jot down some new thoughts and motivations for the future.
The smell of rain
On a scientific note, the earthy smell that occurs during rainfall is caused by a bacteria in the soil.
The longer the dry-spell the stronger the scent when rain comes. The smell is known as Petrichor. The word is constructed from Greek petra meaning “stone”, and ichor the “fluid that flows in the veins of the gods” in Greek mythology.
Such a magical symbolism!
The term was coined in 1964 by two Australian CSIRO researchers, Isabel Joy Bear and Richard G. Thomas, for an article in the journal Nature.
In the article, the authors describe how the smell derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods, whereupon it is absorbed by clay-based soils and rocks.
During rain, the oil is released into the air along with another compound, geosmin, a metabolic by-product of certain actinobacteria, which is emitted by wet soil, producing the distinctive scent; ozone may also be present if there is lightning. In a follow-up paper, Bear and Thomas (1965) showed that the oil retards seed germination and early plant growth.
In 2015, MIT scientists used high-speed cameras to record how the scent moves into the air. The tests involved approximately 600 experiments on 28 different surfaces, including engineered materials and soil samples.
When a raindrop lands on a porous surface, air from the pores forms small bubbles, which float to the surface and release aerosols. Such aerosols carry the scent, as well as bacteria and viruses from the soil. Raindrops that move at a slower rate tend to produce more aerosols; this serves as an explanation for why the petrichor is more common after light rains. -Sourced from Wikipedia
In essence, rain spreads a lot of magick and is even better when enjoyed.
Hope you enjoyed my musing? I like to slip little treasures between my CBD oil articles.