On a rainy day, we might say that the sky is grey. Actually, it’s not. The sky is always blue. It’s the clouds that are grey. If you fly above the clouds you’ll see that the sky is blue. It’s also clear and endless. Spacious.
Clouds don’t stay in the sky. They hang around for a bit, then they go away. A wind, like a sigh, might blow them away, and if there is no wind, eventually they’ll just dissolve.
Consider this analogy. The sky is you and the clouds are the thoughts and emotions that make you unhappy.
Sometimes we think we’re grey but really we aren’t, it just looks that way because we’re not looking past our clouds. Our vision is stuck on the clouds. We think we are our clouds, but really we’re not. We’re as clear and open and free as the sky, and those clouds are just passing through. In order to be happy when our sky is full of clouds, we need to fly above the clouds.
So when you’re miserable, confused or upset, remember that that mind state isn’t you, it’s just thoughts and emotions hanging about like clouds in a sky. Remember that they will pass, and that you can fly above them into the real you, the you that is free of thoughts and emotions, that is clear and endless, vast and unbounded. It’s always there, no matter how thick the clouds and no matter how long they’ve hung about.
Maybe you don’t believe that inside you’re like the sky, but I bet you’ve experienced it some time or other. You just might not have realised it. Have you ever sat and stared into the sky, especially at the beach or from somewhere high? Have you ever lost yourself in a game, or a performance so much that your mind soared? Take a deep breath and breath out, long and slow, and as you do so, just relax and leave your mind in the gap at the end of the out-breath.
The idea is to give yourself time to experience your sky-like mind while things are good, so that when things are bad, you can elevate your mind into that open space. Take time to relax, to listen to music, stare into the sky, let your mind just drop like a stone into a deep pool, meditate. Practice, so you can do it when things are tough. If you know you’re the sky, those clouds won’t bug you so much.
So, as you go about your day consider that you have sky inside you. It will make you feel lighter and happier. Things won’t seem quite so heavy and you might even realises that everything is honk-worthy (meaning worth a giggle).
Have you had a taste of your sky like nature? How? Will you try finding it? Does this analogy help?