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Relaxing into Big Sky Mind


Sometimes when I get stressed and tense or just have too much jumpy conceptual thinking, it’s helpful t0 just look at my mind. Not doing logical analysis or theorizing, but just looking. What is going on the mind right now? What is this very thought, disintegrating the moment it arises and making way for the next one?

Watching in this way allows the mind to relax. Instead of getting caught up in every little idea or feeling that bubbles up, grasping after it and identifying myself with it, they’re seen to be like passing clouds. The mind takes on a relaxed, space-like quality of openness, like the sky. Ahhhhh….

Tonight, I’ll spend a few minutes watching my mind like this. I’ll recognize that my thoughts, which seem so real and solid and meaningful, are just formless thoughts briefly passing by. This will allow me to step back from the contents of my thoughts so I do not get caught up in them, taking myself too seriously and taking everything that happens to me so personally.

This is a relief. It’s a type of wisdom that will give me perspective and allow me to better understand the causes of my states of mind. Thus, I’ll be better able to abandon mistaken, destructive mental states and to encourage the development of constructive mental factors, such as the altruistic intention to benefit others, the fortitude that does not respond to painful things with anger, and the loving-kindness that warmly holds others dear.


Author: Jonathan Owen

Just another human being.

2 thoughts on “Relaxing into Big Sky Mind

  1. Yes Jon, you pinpoint this well! I so relate to this at the moment, going through a bit of a rough time with my monkey mind – observing it the way like I did with the clouds passing by as a child, strolling around the meadows of our house on a warm summers day – not judging or identifying with anything – this can be such a big relief and relaxing at the time! Thanks for reminding me 🙂

    • Oh, I hope you enjoy relaxing with the monkey show, Elles. The analogy of clouds passing through the sky is so apt. I’ve relied heavily on that image to help get to a peaceful and open state of mind, and I think even today when children spend some 7 hours a day affixed to a screen, it remains a near-universal experience (or shall I say I pray it is).

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