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In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.Mark Twain
Thank you for joining me on week 3 of your Haiku for You writing for well-being programme, Haiku about Weather! You have well and truly begun the journey of taking care of yourself through the safety of words. I hope you enjoyed last week’s Haiku about Sound. I know my ears have been tingling with all your wonderful haiku ever since.
To any newcomers who are curious about what Haiku for You involves, we warmly welcome you! Head over to the introductory post, which explains what the full twelve weeks of this blog-series have in store for you.
Before we begin, I trust you have found a place where you feel sheltered from any treacherous outdoor elements, or any indoor ones, for that matter. All you require is your pen and paper or computer, and most importantly, you – all of you.
Are you ready?
Take a slow, deep breath in …
…and then back out.
Now, we are going to talk about a subject that often gets a bad rap for being a choice of conversation. It’s predictably unpredictable, but one thing we can be certain of is that even with all its personality traits, it’s here to stay. It’s around us every day and every night and it’s one of the most natural elements of our lives. So, as with many of our themes, let’s talk about it in a different way:
Thoughts about weather
Did you know that weather can greatly impact your mental well-being? Even if you don’t suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and you haven’t been caught in particularly extreme weather conditions, changes in air pressure can impact your mood for better or worse. As we humans are creatures of habit, it’s not surprising that it takes us time to adjust to the ever-changing atmosphere we find ourselves in.
Do you find that a downpour of rain can make you feel gloomier than normal? Does the face of sunlight greeting you at the window immediately uplift you in the morning? This is far from unusual. There is a reason why films and books make the bad days grey, and the happy endings show couples driving into the sunset. Weather is like a painting we look at every day, and guess what? We all see art differently. That is why every one of your haiku will be delightfully different, even if you are writing from the same location!
The weather is how you interpret it
By this, I don’t mean that rain isn’t rain if you say it isn’t. I mean, consider how you might think of rain while you are curled up inside. You are listening to the soothing raindrops roll down your window. Cosy, isn’t it?
Now, how do you feel on a rainy commute to work? What if you are walking home after just meeting the love of your life, and a light shower means you huddle together under one umbrella? Would the rain bother you then? It seems as though perspective has a large part to play.
How do we change our perspective on weather?
This is where mindfulness comes in. Weather is far larger than us. It is a perfect example of an external factor we have no power over. Instead, stop and discover the different shades of colour in the sky, or the texture of the ground when the snow falls upon it. Notice the voluptuousness of the clouds that could burst at any moment. Listen to the sound of the wind blowing through the trees. Feel it on your face. Praise weather’s sporadic contrasts and its hyperbolic mood-swings.
It can be helpful to think of weather in the same way you think of people. When a friend or family member has a stormier temperament than usual, we can either choose to take it personally, or to accept that it is quite likely a result of their own inner barometer. Identify it, separate from it, and see it as the character you are kindly dealing with today. The forecast for tomorrow will most likely be different.
Haiku about Weather: examples of my own
Following the sun - set upon the mountain top, the clouds steal my seat.
Her hot bath awaits - a storm opens the window and the mirror rains.
Running in the wind - blown away into night time, trees wave the way home
How to write your own haiku about weather
Exercise duration: approximately 30 minutes
1. If you are inside, look through the window. If you can stand outside, do, but be careful and don’t feel under pressure to go anywhere at all.
2. Close your eyes and then quickly open them. What is the first colour that strikes you? It could be a full palette of colours. Scribble down the strongest ones.
3. Close your eyes once more. What does today’s weather sound like? Is it calm, shy, bold and brazen, or even anxious? How does it feel? Write it down.
4. Keeping your eyes closed, take a deep breath in, and then back out. What can you smell in this weather? Can you smell the earthy aroma of the ground after it has rained? Can you smell flowers blooming, or cut grass?
5. How do you feel? Does your mood fit well with the weather right now? Has it even changed a little since you began the exercise?
6. Think of something that comforts you about today’s weather. What is your favourite kind of weather?
7. Come back to the present moment, holding on to what comforts you.
Just remember, it’s three lines of 5-7-5 syllables! Refer back to How to write Haiku guidelines.
Take another deep breath in, and then back out.
How do you feel?
What if I told you that this very moment is unique? Rain could fall differently tomorrow. Sun may retreat. Wind may not clumsily blow your favourite plant pot over, and snow may melt away.
Well, thanks to haiku, come rain or shine, you have just captured a moment in all its goodness.
I hope you are beginning to feel as though whatever the weather, you can look after your well-being. Who knows? Maybe as time goes on, it will help you to keep inner storms at bay. For now, just remember, rain helps the grass grow.
Now, let’s Haiku away!
If you are happy to, please leave your beautiful haiku about weather in the comments section below each post.
See last week – Week Two: Haiku about Sound.