I have a daily meditation practice where I use the Headspace app to guide me. The founder of Headspace, Andy Puddicombe, explained to me that the mind is similar to the sky.
When you fly in a air plane, you can fly above the clouds and see the open atmosphere and the Sun shining.
You can see a blue sky.
The same can be said for awareness, awareness is always within us but at times it can be blocked by clouds (thoughts) and meditation is a practice that trains your brain to deal with those clouds and get to the open sky on the other end.
Two weeks after I started my daily practice, I took a trip to Los Angeles. While in LA, I continued to meditate everyday and I felt like I was in a state of bliss.
I was enjoying the warm weather, the open sky, and a mind that was opening wider and clearer.
Although I felt growth, I wasn’t sure how long it was going to last.
I wasn’t sure if I was confusing my excitement of my newly found meditation practice for just the sheer excitement that LA has to offer along with it’s beauty.
The whole time in the back of my mind I wondered how I would feel mentally when I got back home to North East Ohio, one of the cloudiest parts of the country.
I wasn’t sure if the clouds and lack of Sun would crumble my motivation and the enthusiasm that I had for life while basking in the Sun and practicing my new found technique.
When I came back home after 7 straight days of Sunny open skies, I found myself back home in Ohio with the Sun nowhere to be found.
As I looked up into the grey sky, I thought back to what Puddicombe had taught me, that beyond the clouds there is an open blue sky.
That brought me comfort both mentality and spiritually.
As I write this post, I’m looking outside a window that shows the same sky I saw when I got back from LA, dark and gloomy.
But this time I look out the window and still carry the excitement and the awe that the California sky line gave me, because I know literally and metaphorically that the Sun shines behind the clouds.
I carry that mentality in all that I do.
The clouds I face at work, the clouds I face at home, and the clouds I face within myself I always remind myself that the sky is always blue behind the clouds.