One of my Insight Meditation teachers likes to say everything is what it is. Well, the weather comes and it goes. If you are curious about the weather, look outside. We seem to be preoccupied about the weather. One of the big small talk topics is weather. Every local TV newscasts has two segments on the weather. The national news now has a weather story every evening.
We always have weather. It is always changing. Regardless of what they say, we will get what we are going to have. The meteorologists can give us an educated guess, but so what? Look outside. That is what we have. Life goes on.
We are at the mercy of the weather. It’s hot, cold, wet, snowy, or beautiful. The changes bring beauty. We should be preoccupied with the beauty. My teachers talk about impermanence. That’s weather, that’s life. We are born, live, and die. The storm comes, stays a while, and is gone.
Weather is not tomorrow, it is now. Feel the cold, your stiff fingers. See the sunrise, breathe the coffee smell, listen to the coffee shop chatter. That is the weather. Life is now. Not tomorrow, not yesterday. Yes, we have to act. Work, laundry, get the brakes fixed, stop that faucet from dripping.
The lesson is to feel the weather while stopping the drip. Enjoy the light when the driver in front of you is texting after the light changes. You will get there. He will get there. The clouds will be gray. The sun will shine. It is. You are. That’s all.