You are the sky

photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

Ever have one of those weeks where everything happening around you makes you forget yourself? Yeah, me, too. I’m coming off of one of those weeks, and that’s why this quote spoke to me so much.

There’s some legitimately challenging stuff going on, but there were also some really trivial things that got caught up in the mix and made me forget that I’m the sky, and the rest of it is just weather.

Sometimes the weather is incredibly stormy. Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist nun whose books I’ve recommended to people more times than I can count, knows that well. She also knows that no matter how stormy the weather may get, being centered in oneself helps us endure.

I’m far from being as centered as Pema (progress not perfection!), but find tremendous value in her teachings. Remembering that you are the sky doesn’t make the stormy weather go away. That’s not the point. The point is how we experience the storms, the sunshine, and everything in between.

In the last week, I fell into some familiar, old habits: numbing, blaming and distraction to name a few.

As a side note, it’s very interesting to fall into these habits with awareness. I know exactly what I’m doing. In the moment, that awareness can frustrate me, but I know that it also helps me acknowledge that some weather is affecting my sky, and that awareness is always what gets me out of the old habits.

Is this how do I want to feel? How do I want to feel?
Does this action or that choice support how I want to feel?

When I’m in the place of numbing, blaming and distracting, the awareness allows me to pause, ask myself those simple questions, and begin to get back to my sky. One small change or baby step at a time.

Nothing has changed in the last week but me. The weather is still stormy, but I’ve started to remember that it’s just weather. I can make choices and take actions to support how I want to feel. I can do small things to feel connected and to feel joy. Those baby steps always lead me back home.

I’m the sky. So are you

Thanks for being on this journey with me.
?, Lara

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