- calming down
- bringing peace and refreshing
- recalling the feeling of miracles around
- stimulating creativity
- balancing sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
This training type is derived from an ancient practice that can be found all around the world. It is sky gazing - looking at the sky with an aim to feel the connection with Something Bigger. Concentration on the clear sky is called Serenity meditation in this app, and Cloud Gazing, naturally, is all about concentration on the clouds.
Sky gazing is an "official" practice from the Dzogchen ("great perfection" or "total completeness") tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This tradition strongly emphasizes the natural perfection of awareness that is already present in all humans. Sky gazing is one of the powerful techniques that helps to notice this awareness in ourselves.
Setting the training
- Download this pattern if you don't have it yet.
- Choose this pattern in Training tab or Control tab.
- You might change the settings of this meditation in Control tab and/or Dynamic tab to adjust it for your taste and needs.
- Choose the comfortable position outdoors (or indoors if the ceiling is transparent) when you can see some clouds on the sky.
- Lean back so you can see the sky so that is fills your field of vision. Make sure your body feels comfortable. If you can't find the way to support your back yet see the wide sky, just lay down.
- Contemplate your out-breath with no efforts to control it. Listen to the sound it produces.
- Allow your body to relax completely.
- Let the hustle drift far away with the clouds. Think about what every cloud you see looks like, what shapes and colors makes it unique.
- Let all of your thoughts and feelings to dissolve into the sky, deeper in every breath.
- If any new thoughts or tensions come, let them go.
- It's a good idea to practice this meditation with your child/children, as it improves both your relationships and imagination.
How long should I train? How can I combine this pattern with another? Should I always inhale through my nose?
If you have such or other questions, please look through the FAQ page.