Northeast Wisconsin
April 2014

April 2014

Thoughts for a rainy day

“When it rains, it pours.”

Sometimes that old saying seems almost factual. If you recently suffered a loss, were disappointed or failed at a personal or professional endeavor, you might have found yourself wondering, why is it that the bad things in life happen all at once?

The more superstitious of us share a belief that deaths, natural disasters — heck, even unflattering haircuts — come in threes. Statisticians and others say these are random occurrences, there is no set schedule to bad luck. Our minds are simply trying to make sense of negative events and causing us to see patterns where none exist.

Whatever the case may be, there’s no changing the fact that bad things do happen, and when we’ve already been dealt one blow, additional stressors and disappointments can weigh us down even more. But though we might not be able to predict when these things will occur, we do have control. We can prepare and persevere.

Practice positivity. Negativity breeds negativity. In contrast, when you have a positive outlook on life, you’re better able to recognize all the miracles that surround you every day. Don’t lose your sense of wonder at the world, share it with others.

Build resilience. The rainy periods in life are necessary; we wouldn’t appreciate the sunny days without them. This month, our authors give you tools to persevere during the tough times — and truly enjoy the good times. In “Energy flows where attention goes: Visualizing the energy body,” Stephen Kastner gently reminds us that we are participants in life, not masters with all of the answers. Planning to eat better this season? In “Maximize your health this spring,” Sarah Atkinson explains how certain foods can bring your body and spring into harmony with each other. And Judy Rogers provides exercises and mindfulness practices to prevent fear from taking over in “Mindfulness practices for anxiety.”

Know that this too shall pass. While it might not seem like it at first, if you are struggling through a rough patch right now, the sun is waiting for you just over the next hill. After all, April showers bring May flowers.

Yours in health,

Your Nature’s Pathways team

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