It’s been a busy week, and I’ve felt like my mind has a bit flooded with a lot of different things. Most of them good, but some of them not so much. It happens sometimes, but I try not to let it plague my decision making or effect me. When it does, I refer back to some of my tools I’ve learned through yoga and other mindful practices. It’s not that I should forget about stuff that bothers me, but a way to kind of put it on hold so I can be mindful of how I want to proceed.
One of the things I find myself doing a lot more lately is looking up at the sky. I feel like this time of year it’s so nice to see the blue sky, but every once in a while you can see these big fluffy clouds just floating in the sky. They actually look like they have some sort of weight to it, and it seems impossible that they can just sit there in the sky like that.
Anyway, when I see one of those cotton-like clouds, I’ll stop for a moment and give a cloud one of my thoughts. Maybe this sounds like something silly or strange, but it’s something I do when I feel overwhelmed with my thoughts. It’s more about being in the moment, taking a quick break from rushing around, and feeling centered and grounded.
Here’s what you can do:
- Stop where you are, as long as it’s safe and you feel comfortable doing it.
- Take a deep breath in and exhale out.
- Notice your own breath for a few moments and scan your body for any sensations.
- If you notice something, just notice and keep breathing
- After you’ve taken a few more breaths, bring your awareness to how you feel today. Do you feel tired? Stressed? Anxious?
- See if anything comes up, and if you notice a thought or feeling come up note the feeling or thought and keep breathing.
- Next, look up at the sky and spot a cloud.
- Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale think about the thought you would like to release to the cloud. Imagine that your thought or feeling is with that cloud, and notice your breath.
- Take a moment to notice your surroundings, take a few more deep breaths.
- Notice if you feel any sensations.
- Come back to your breath and rejoin your day.
Sometimes these little practices, or taking these moments can really help us reflect on how our day was. We know we can’t change the past, and we don’t know what the future holds, but we always have our breath. And focusing on our breath can help us be in the present.