Metaphysically, water represents emotion, and so rain represents a release of emotion, a letting go, basically a good cry. The earth feels refreshed after a rain, just like we feel refreshed after a good cry.
Another way to look at rain is as a release of pressure. This is as true physically as it is metaphysically. The pressure hasn't built up just in the cloud but in the atmosphere too, which is why it feels so good once it has been released.
Rain also serves as a reminder to take a break. Things slow down when there's a heavy rain. In some cases, they stop. People stand under shelters waiting to get to their cars. Or they linger longer where they are before leaving. Drivers slow down on the road. Whether it's 1 minute or 10, we slow down when it rains.
So rain has a few things to teach us. It teaches us that when emotional pressure builds up it has to be released, and it teaches us to slow down when that's happening. And it also teaches us that the more the pressure the more affected we are with the resulting storm.
Pressure can build only for so long, and the longer we let it build, the stronger the storm that results and the more life has to stop when it happens. If we are in tune with our emotions and release them appropriately and gently, like in a gentle rain, our lives (and others' lives) aren't as disrupted by the release and we can continue on relatively smoothly, after slowing down for a short time. Either way, the rain is going to happen, it's just a question of when and how...
So where is the pressure in your life, and where is the rain? Do you let it rain? Or are you holding out for the storm of all time? Is your rain short, strong bursts or is it gentle showers? Do you let it affect the entire county or just your house?
Today, when it rains, I am going to remember these things. I'm going to pay attention to where there's pressure building in my life and think about what I can do to release it just a little bit without affecting everything around me.
No man is an island. Nature reminds us of that constantly. Everything we do affects those around us, just like rain falling from clouds. And everything in Nature teaches us something about how to make life more fulfilling for us and for those around us. All we have to do is listen.