Clouds can be fluffy, white, wispy, or condensed. Many times, they are various shades of grey – light and unthreatening, or dark and foreboding. The edges of clouds are bulbous, not sharp, giving them an appearance of being soft and amorphous, even when they are stormy.
We all know the image of a brain: with the overall shape of a kidney bean, it too is squishy, without sharp edges, a bit more solid than how we think of clouds to be; but like clouds, the brain is also full of liquid and electricity. As children, the way we draw the two is really quite similar. The brain is our own personal grey matter. It is our own cloud.
In a clear sky, a sky without any clouds, we experience the full warmth and enlightenment of Earth’s personal celestial being, the sun. No matter what shade or density, clouds obscure the sun’s rays to some extent. Light fluffy clouds only block some of the sun’s intensity, whereas dark stormy clouds can block the sun’s rays entirely, sometimes even replacing the sun’s fire with the cloud’s own attempts at fire – a simultaneously angrier and sadder version, full of dangerous lightning, and big teardrops of rain.
Storms inevitably arise occasionally during our lifetime. It is unrealistic to think we can eliminate them entirely from life. But sometimes the activities we choose to do inspire us to fill our minds with thoughts that create stronger, bigger mental storms by filling the brain with anger, which brings thunder and lightning, or with depression, which brings raindrops. Through our own actions, the storm could last 40 days and 40 nights, or even longer, drowning out hope to again step on solid ground.
Our cloud-brain is there to protect us from the intensity of the sun’s rays, which when felt directly for too long causes burning pain. We are not trying to eliminate our minds’ thoughts entirely.
Instead, if we can somehow encourage our personal cloud to widen and thin out, find space between the thoughts, encourage lightening in color instead of creating the lightning of thunderstorms, we could allow more of our personal celestial being’s rays to shine through into our own experience of being on this Earth.
If you make attempts to feed your brain with sunshine and light, you can balance the constant stream of negativity that pelts us as we navigate this ocean of existence. Turn your dark matter into white fluffiness, and I guarantee you will be able to see more of the sun whenever you wish, and feel its warm hug whenever you need it. This is a simple fact of meteorology.
The next time you can create a moment of reflection for yourself, try this meditation:
Imagine a gentle light shining on the top of your head.
Feel its warmth.
Imagine your brain is a cloud that slowly turns from grey to white, and then dissipates.
Imagine the white light pouring into your heart, causing your heart to glow and radiate warmth.
Allow your heart to become its own sun – a beacon of light that can reach out and be felt by others.
About the Author
Michelle Dortignac, founder of Unnata® Aerial Yoga, is an E-RYT 200 certified Yoga instructor of close to 20 years, while during most of those years also being a professional aerial acrobatics performer. Her most influential Yoga teachers include Dharma Mittra, Alan Finger and Cyndi Lee.