Tibetan Buddhists describe our essential nature as like the sky; vast, luminous and clear. From time to time however we all find ourselves caught up in the complexities of our own mental elaborations and the clarity of our ‘essential nature’ becomes obscured by clouds of self absorption and the emotional storms of “I, me and mine”. For a while this can become our entire reality until something or someone comes along to pull us out of ourselves and we are lifted into a wider more expansive awareness.
This practice can also help us to reclaim this unbounded mind which is able to illuminate and see deeply into anything we turn it to. Just attend to the colour blue, in all its myriad forms.
Become aware of the colour blue wherever it appears in your environment. Look not just for the obvious instances such as the sky, but also for subtle appearances and all variations of blue.
Put a small dot of blue marker or coloured blue sticker on the back of your hand. Stick little squares of blue paper up around the house where you will see them.
When you notice these reminders, pause for a moment to look around you for the colour blue. It could be any tint of blue and any size from a tiny speck to a large expanse. It may help to soften your gaze and “invite” the colour blue to appear.
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