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Updated: Jun 18

big sky meditation

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, our minds often feel like a wild animal - impulsive, scared, and jittery. Over time, this mental chaos can leave us feeling drained, anxious, confused, and incredibly exhausted if not resolved.

Traditional meditation often fails because we deny ourselves exactly that which needs to be witnessed in the first place for us to resolve the conflict inside our heads– our thoughts. The journey to inner peace cannot be achieved through force or self-inflicted punishment, instead we can learn to quiet our mind and soothe our thoughts with a kind, nurturing approach. It requires building trust with yourself, listening to your inner voice, and practicing self-compassion.

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If you’re tired of being frustrated with your meditation, then try this simple approach to achieving inner peace instead…

Buddhists use the reference of the “big sky mind” to describe the endless expansiveness of our consciousness and the boundless nature of our being. Much like clouds floating across the sky, our thoughts - whether pleasant or unpleasant - come and go. The key to taming our mind lies not in ridding ourselves of our thoughts but in learning to observe these thoughts without judgment, resistance, or identifying with them. By doing so, we cultivate a sense of curiosity and gentle awareness. This simple practice allows us to train our minds and foster a deep compassion and loving-kindness towards ourselves and others. It's a way to become friends with our own inner worlds.

Big Sky Mind Meditation: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Ground Yourself with your Breath: Begin by focusing on your breath to anchor yourself into the present moment. Feel the natural rhythm of your inhalations and exhalations as you observe your chest and belly begin to rise and fall.

  2. Body Scan for Tension: Slowly scan your body, noticing any areas of tension, pain or darkness. With each exhale, begin to release the tightness, allowing your body to soften, melt and relax.

  3. Observe Thoughts as Clouds: As thoughts arise, observe them without judgment or attachment. Imagine your mind as a clear blue sky, vast and spacious, where thoughts drift by like clouds.

  4. Visualize Different Clouds: Sometimes, your thoughts may appear as white, fluffy clouds, floating effortlessly. Other times, they might be dark and stormy, triggering fear or anxiety. Regardless of their nature, just observe while always coming back to your breath.

  5. Play Like a Child: Rather than resisting your thoughts, embrace a childlike innocence and interact with them playfully. Imagine observing the wind blowing through the clouds in your mind. What happens if you add some rain and then watch a rainbow emerge? Engage with your thoughts in this creative, lighthearted way, and see where your imagination takes you.

  6. Return to Your Center: Let your breath guide you back to your center, helping you return to a state of calm and groundedness. Rest in the spaciousness of the big sky mind, embracing the present awareness of your true nature.

By regularly practicing this big sky mind meditation, you will not only begin to tame your mind, you will also cultivate a deep sense of peace, find compassion for yourselves and others, and even start to spark your creativity. Remember, the journey to inner peace is a gentle one, marked by patience, kindness, and a willingness to embrace the infinite nature of your being.

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