“I have learned to detach from my thoughts, said a young woman.I observe them like clouds moving across the sky. Sometimes I reached out and grab at them & remember that they ‘re just passing by and so I let them go. I felt much better for letting my thoughts go because they really drive me mad.”
How did you wake up today? Was your mind clear and so as your vision?
Or was it cloudy? Are you familiar with Brain fog?
Whenever we identify with an unpleasant thought or mood, we are not our true selves. These thoughts & moods are not who we are. We need to treat our thoughts like the clouds in the sky…distant… passing…insubstantial.
In Zen , we are endowed with Buddha nature, empty, vast and sky-like, which is always present even when hidden by clouds. This disagrees or doesn’t disagree with early Buddhist teachings about impermanence, depending on who you ask.
Do you also find yourself in the midst of Worries? or even entangled with them?
How sound was your mind lately?
Worries, yeah, I am familiar with them. When I became a mother, I worry even more. Simple things like : Is my daughter growing well? Am I doing this right? or maybe I am doing the wrong way? Or what can I make for dinner, or what more can I do for others to read what I write?
These questions made me worrisome. Sometimes I am not mindful that I am in this state. Living in Kuwait, I even worry constantly about the weather, Really!
Can you relate on these? What are your daily thoughts of worries?
Worries and anxieties are like clouds. They are just thoughts that pass through the mind. They are not facts. They are not the truth. They have no reality. They are like a mental game of asking, “What if…”, and nothing more.
Have you look at the clouds that pass through the sky today? Was the sky clear? cloudless? Clouds are made of vapor, and they change form as they move through the sky. They hide part of the sky or all the sky, and sometimes they hide the sun. However, this is only temporary. Sooner or later they move on, allowing the sun to send its rays down again.I remember that in grade school, we were taught about different types of clouds namely Cirrus, Cumulus, Cirrustratos, Cirrocumulus, Altocumulus, Nimbustratos,Cumulunimbus and so on and so forth. I have keenly observed that formation of clouds is different from location. Here is Kuwait I seldom see Nimbus clouds since it is very rare for rainfall here, literally approx. 2x a year only.
There could be different “cloudy aspects “in our thoughts depending on our mood and thinking. Worries become problems, imaginary problems. When you try to hold on to them, focus on them, and lose sight of the sky and the sun within you, which become temporarily hidden. Then your sight becomes gray, sullen, and stale.
“The sky and sun in this case are your spirit, the real you, your inner strength, and your ability to control your thoughts.”
Worries, which are actually thoughts, are like the clouds. They pass through the mind, hide reason, common sense and our aims and goals, and if you don’t hold to them, they go away, making place for other worries.
If you keep watering your worries, and don’t let them leave you, sooner or later you might start acting and behaving in such a way, as to make them come true. Why should you?
Thoughts don’t have to be believed. You can just acknowledge the ridiculous or negative thoughts that pop into your head, chuckle at them, and then release them. This is the essence of mindfulness.
While I was reflecting on this, I decided to lift up my cloudy thoughts,and what a way to share this to others through writing. Expressing my thoughts in words. It felt good. I felt relieved.
My mind was diverted to my background music “Love & Hapiness ” by Al Green
(Wait a minute, let me tell you)
The power of love
Make you do right
Love’ll make you do wrong
(Love and happiness)
Now that’s a better thought.
I find something naturally interesting that can draw out my curiosity. So, in the end, it’s not so much about killing our thoughts as it is about investigating them until they lose their power, and they often stop coming on their own. This is the real practice.
Here’s hoping that you feel the warmth of the sun, and feel the greens of the grass..and a not-so cloudy vision.
Do you like this post? Or how does these thoughts made you feel?