March 7, 2020,

Raining, yes. It is.

A soft rain.

Everyone is trying to get out of the rain, but not us. We want to walk in it.

Many of us do, when we have fallen in love or are already in it.

It is a gentle storm we wish that would not subside.

Now if only we could have the right music with us while we do so.

Oh we know. It is from the legendary soul group Love Unlimited. So beautiful it complements the rain.

While we walk, dream and think. Here are some of the lyrics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKFVOY-9wMM

Everybody is trying to get out the rain
Oh, It feels so good!
The rain and thinking of you

So as I get home, I’m gonna call you
And tell you how much I love you
Oh I feel so good

Oh, I can walk in the rain with the one I love
Feel so fine.

We need rain so bad. Practically and spiritually.

“I love the ending of a movie where two people end up together. Preferably if there’s rain and an airport or running or a confession of love.”… Taylor Swift

In film rain is often associated with sad moments.

Whenever the protagonist undergoes an emotional upheaval of sorts, when a character dies, or when somebody cries, rain is frequently in the background to influence our mood.

That is the movies. In real life, we know that rain is so very beneficial.

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Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystems, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation.

Depending upon where you live and what culture you are in, rain’s significance can impact you in different ways.

Cultural attitudes towards rain differ across the world.

In temperate climates, people tend to be more stressed when the weather is unstable or cloudy, with its impact greater on men than women.

In Botswana, the Setswana word for rain, pula, is used as the name of the national currency, in recognition of the economic importance of rain in its country, since it has a desert climate.

Many people find the scent during and immediately after rain pleasant or distinctive. The source of this scent is petrichor, an oil produced by plants, then absorbed by rocks and soil, and later released into the air during rainfall.

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Maybe you have experienced that too. We sure have.

Rain holds an important religious significance in many cultures.

The ancient Sumerians believed that rain was the semen of the sky-god An which fell from the heavens to inseminate his consort, the earth-goddess Ki, causing her to give birth to all the plants of the earth.

As you might guess, rain’s significance is massive in cultures that harness it for economic production and growth.

Various Native American tribes are known to have historically conducted rain dances in effort to encourage rainfall.

In the present-day United States, various state governors have held Days of Prayer for rain, including the Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas in 2011.

Rainforests are areas of the world with very high rainfall.

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Both tropical and temperate rainforests exist. Tropical rainforests occupy a large band of the planet mostly along the equator.

Rainforests are forests characterized by high and continuous rainfall, with annual rainfall in the case of tropical rainforests between 2.5 and 4.5 meters.

Estimates vary from 40% to 75% of all biotic species are indigenous to the rainforests.

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There may be many millions of species of plants, insects and microorganisms still undiscovered in tropical rainforests.

That is an amazing statistic with great emphasis on why we would want to preserve the world’s major rain forest.

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.”… George Eliot

Tropical rainforests have been called the “jewels of the Earth” and the “”, because over one quarter of natural medicines have been discovered there.

Rainforests are also responsible for 28% of the world’s oxygen turnover, sometimes misnamed oxygen production, processing it through photosynthesis from carbon dioxide and consuming it through respiration.

The forest floor, the bottom-most layer, receives only 2% of the sunlight. Only plants adapted to low light can grow in this region.

Away from riverbanks, swamps and clearings, where dense undergrowth is found, the forest floor is relatively clear of vegetation because of the low sunlight penetration. It also contains decaying plant and animal matter, which disappears quickly, because the warm, humid conditions promote rapid decay. Many forms of fungi growing here help decay the animal and plant waste.

Wonderfully efficient and effective.

Then there is the monsoon season.

Monsoon is the term for the wind that carries heavy rains to southern Asia, and the rains themselves. During a monsoon, people wait indoors for it to stop. Although people in other parts of the world sometimes describe heavy rainfall as a monsoon, the real thing only occurs in Asia.

What power and glory.

No wonder people like to sit by the window think and dream on the inside while rain melts away the pains from the outside.

As shared by the team at lifealth.com, “The water from the rain is extremely fresh because it does not contain minerals and harmful particles. It does not come in contact with the dust and stones. This water is good for the skin and the hair. It is alkaline in nature which is great for the skin and scalp. Thus, it helps to maintain the pH level of the skin.”

We sensed that. Still, it is nice to get independent confirmation.

The legendary rock and soul band Credence Clearwater Revival certainly revived our spirts with these lyrics.

Someone told me long ago
There’s a calm before the storm
I know, it’s been comin’ for some time

When it’s over, so they say
It will rain a sunny day
I know, shinin’ down like water

I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain
Comin’ down on a sunny day?

Yes we’ve seen the rain. On a rainy day and gently falling on a sunny day.

We’ve loved both experiences.

Rain is so beautiful.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainforest

https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/rain-quotes 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsoon 

https://www.lifealth.com/wellness/healthy-living/health-benefits-walking-rain-mj/81999/

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