“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson

Are there clouds in the sky today? If so, it’s a perfect day to meditate on them. Watch the clouds as they drift. Some take longer to move than others. Some are slow, and some move quickly. Some seem to be a clear white, but if we study closely, we may see multiple layers of colors.

Too many clouds block out the sun. When they get too heavy, they rain on us. Sometimes lightning develops, which can cause big problems. And sometimes the rain is so hard it causes problems even without the lightning. But most often after the rain is released, there’s a calmness all around. The earth is nourished. The grass is a bright green. When the clouds clear and the sun comes through, the flowers peek out and become stronger and more vibrant. They’ve been nourished from the rain and now open their petals to gather in the glowing radiance of the sun.

Think of your thoughts as clouds moving through the sky. Just as too many clouds can block the sun, too many thoughts in your mind can cloud your vision. Sure, you might be a great multitasker, but think of what you could achieve if you were able to put full force behind one single task of your choosing.

And just as the rain comes when the clouds get too heavy, our thoughts can hold us back until we choose to release them. Sometimes they’re released through a storm of anguish and sometimes through a gentle sigh of tears. You too can experience calmness and nourishment when you finally release your rain of negative thoughts.

Here is your cloudy day meditative moment:

Take a deep breath and imagine your thoughts drifting like clouds across the sky. Your thoughts peacefully and gently moving through you. No need to stay on any one thought. One thought simply blends into another as it moves along on its way across the magnificent blue sky. Imagine that magnificent sky as the essence of who you really are.

The clouds of thoughts billow and change.

Your magnificence is constant.

Joan Budilovsky can be reached at editorial@kcchronicle.com. She is a resident of St. Charles. Her website is Yoyoga.com.

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