This work is the product of my desire to offer a little something to my fellow folk currently in Melbourne. A piece inspired by our capacity to always see more, that we can always find a patch of sky to gaze upon and if we are really lucky, spy some clouds up there too.
Hello and welcome. I hope this finds you well.
This is a warm invitation to spend some time with your head in the clouds – not just watching them, really seeing them. So take some time and find a space that you know offers you room to simply be within your skin. It might be a slow ramble along a familiar path, a quiet corner of the local park, or that favourite blanket carried into the yard to stretch out on. Ready?
Ok, now have a look at the sky > any clouds up there?
If it’s one of those days where there are none – no subtle, pale layer of haze high up, no wispy ones floating in and out of existence, not even any skirting the horizon, then simply peruse the sky. Ask yourself does it seem as blue as usual? Is it all a similar shade? By chance has the moon already risen?
If it’s one of the more fabulous days where there are clouds in the sky then your luck is with you!
Cast your gaze across them and open your mind and begin to wonder
Do they seem close up, further away, or maybe in-between?
Can you see through them? Is the sun shining around them? Are the undersides dark or shaded?
Is there more than one layer? Do they cover the entire sky or maybe they’re gathering in herds, flocks or bunches?
How might you describe them to someone who cannot see them?
Which direction are they travelling? If the wind is blowing, are both the wind and clouds travelling in the same direction?
Now take a moment to focus on the edges… are they static? How do they appear? Rounded, frayed, perhaps seeming like they have no edge?
Now choose one cloud in particular – if you were to hold that cloud, how might it feel in your hands?
Follow your chosen cloud with your gaze… does it stay the same shape? Do the edges change? Is it different in any way to any other clouds that are present?
Is there any rain or precipitation from the clouds? Is it falling but not reaching the ground?
Have you ever been above the clouds, on a mountain top or in a plane? Do you remember what that looked like?
As you ease back into bodily awareness remember that you can always stand tall enough to have your head in the clouds… all it takes is a skywards glance with a keen eye.
May your skies be dotted with clouds, your mind always inquisitive and your eyes forever seeing more.
With my best, J.