Day of Rest

My friend Lindsey shared a poem on her blog, and part of it has stuck with me for days, especially considering my obsession with taking pictures of the sky, the way it shifts and changes and always amazes.

Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that

small, bright
and indescribable
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.
~The Journey, David Whyte

This also stuck with me because of the way my practice and Buddhist studies are always reminding me that, at least in a metaphorical sense, I am the sky–spacious and open and fundamentally sane. As Susan Piver explains,

Dharma teachers often suggest considering your thoughts to be like clouds in the sky. Some are dark and stormy, some are beautiful and fat, while others are wispy and ethereal. Sometimes there are no clouds at all. No matter. Just like clouds in the sky, thoughts pass through your mind. And just like the sky, your mind can contain it all.

We are accustomed to identifying with every large or small thought that comes along. But you can train yourself to identify as the sky instead. When you do, tremendous confidence arises. You see beyond doubt that you can accommodate it all–sunshine, storms, mist, fog, hail–and never give up.

On this day of rest, I am contemplating what it means to “find that small, bright and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart,” to allow confidence to arise, and to “see beyond doubt that you can accommodate it all–sunshine, storms, mist, fog, hail–and never give up.” May you, kind and gentle reader, on this day of rest, experience both freedom and confidence, along with true rest.

5 thoughts on “Day of Rest

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      And I know, like me, you are at least from time to time frustrated that what you can see with your eye, your heart, is impossible to capture, to communicate–the full measure of its beauty cannot be explained or contained. ♥ ♥ ♥

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  1. Rita

    Woke to amazing sky this morning, which I tried–futilely–to capture with my camera. When I am wrestling with insomnia, I focus on breathing and “seeing” what’s behind my eyelids. It is always moving clouds. If I can maintain focus on breath and clouds, I am able to return to sleep. Going to think about how I might be able to do this while awake and about in the world–focus on breath and clouds.

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    1. jillsalahub Post author

      When I worry or panic or have anxiety (this is what insomnia is for me, an inability to surrender to rest, to the lack of control that sleeping requires), I get very claustrophobic, so being able to imagine myself as spacious and open is so helpful. ♥

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