In my poem “The Shower of Life” I use rain as an allegory for the ups and downs of life. Through its gentle embraces and icy blasts, the rain symbolizes the transformative power of life, capable of soothing our souls and opening our eyes to new perspectives. This poem reflects on my journey through the stages of renewal, transformation, and self-discovery. Through my experiences, I discovered how embracing the challenges and opportunities that life presents can lead to a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us. I wrote this poem in 2015, so I pulled out a picture of me that is representative of those times.

The Shower of Life

A gentle rain, 
an embrace so warm,
it soothes the soul, 
wipes away the pain, 
eases the storm.
Yet, at times cold,
like icy blades,
it strikes with a force,
no chance to evade.
With pressure strong, 
it rasps and scrubs
the hardened crust with an icy blast.
Scouring away the past, 
it opens the eyes
to a world so raw, 
so simple, 
yet wise.
It reveals an eternal bond
connecting all, 
within reach and beyond.
Now my vision is clear, 
and I timidly gaze,
at a shower of life, 
as its beauty unfolds.
Feeling exposed,
open-hearted, yet bold,
I embrace all that life has to behold.
I see what’s essential, 
what to retain; 
refined through pain,
I feel new again…
after the rain…
I see clearly now, 
the world that’s unfurled.
The things I need
are always here,
awaiting my reach,
where they’ve always been,
and always will be…

(2015 © Julia Delaney)


Life, as you know, is often surprising; it may be pleasant and cozy, but it can also be rigid and challenging. But, just like a shower, it has the ability to cleanse and purify us regardless of what life throws at us. We sometimes find it difficult to accept the things that life throws at us. We struggle against the tide, attempting to assert power over every element of our existence. But the thing is that by embracing what we can’t change, we may open the door to a whole new universe of possibilities; and by facing our fears, we emerge stronger, more resilient, and more connected to the world around us. And what’s more, the things that we need, the things that make us truly rich—are always within our reach. They are always there, waiting for us to hold.

So, here is my offering of Loving Kindness practice. The Loving-Kindness practice fosters growth, strength, courage, and a sense of connection. It can be a great way to start or end the day or to take a break from a busy or stressful day.


Be Alive 🌱,
❤ Love, Julia




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