This week’s Mindfulness Challenge is called Skyscape.
As I was waking this morning, I looked out the window and could see big multi- coloured cumulus clouds that were shades of whites, greys and pinks rolling over the mountain that sits behind my house. I immediately felt a sense of peace. I touched in with my breath and could feel my mind slowly coming into my body, touching in with my mood, thoughts and asking myself what it is that I needed in that moment. These clouds acted as a trigger to transport me out of my ‘goings over’ of what I needed to accomplish in the day into the present moment of what was happening right now, in this moment.
I then remembered a Mindfulness Challenge that I posted last year and I thought that I would post it again…
Last year, I was teaching a Mindfulness course where we brainstormed ideas of how to incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives. One idea that came up was to spend some time with the morning sky, really taking in the immensity and the colours, cloud formations, and expansiveness of the horizon.
For this week, I invite you to wake up with the Skyscape and spend a few minutes with it as a mindfulness support. We can bring our beginner’s mind to the different shades of grey, or pinks and yellows, watch the movement of the clouds and the light as the morning brightens awake. As we spend these few minutes with the sky, we might want to scan our bodies and check in with our internal report as to what sensations, thoughts or emotions might be present. We can then finish with the question of ‘what is it that I need in this moment’ and take five deep mindful breaths before we get ready for the day.
This morning, my immediate moment ‘need’ was a coffee outdoors, enjoying the clear, crisp Autumnal air on my skin. Thanks to the clouds, I didn’t miss it!