Today I realised I’d learned something lately. It might be helpful to you too.
Work with me here ok? In meditation practice, you learn to think of yourself as The Sky while thoughts, both positive and negative, pass by like clouds. You, in zenlike wonderment, are supposed to observe the clouds as they drift by your sky-like mind, and choose to engage or not as you wish. The process helps you detach from negative thoughts and enables your positive thoughts.
Those of you who follow this blog along at home, will know The Black Dog would not leave me alone last year, which is why I had to learn how to be zen-like and curious instead of just sad. This morning the Dog was back, the clouds were black, riding Harleys and howling to the rising sun. It happens sometimes, we shrug and push through. At least, that’s what I used to do.
Happily, this morning I remembered what I was supposed to do, took lots of sky-conjuring breaths, managed not to get irate about a daft conversation over dirty socks, and watched those big black suckers scud away.
They wouldn’t quite leave completely, so it was time to call in the big guns. Cue a hop, skip, and a jump into the car to Sarah’s house, AKA The Princess Palace for a spontaneous makeup and girl pamper session. There’s nothing quite like it for nuking the scuds, or is that a mixed metaphor? I don’t care.
Anyway, this is what she had laid out, waiting for me.
Look, I’ll be honest, I’m a practical kind of girl, not a lots-of-makeup kind of girl, and definitely not in the Kardashian eyelash league, but there’s something really deliciously girlie about a little love heart display of things to touch, wear and slap on my mug.
So we sat and played with the pencils, unscrewed the lippie lids, sniffed the fruity smells, daubed colour smears on our hands, and made up our faces.
Then halfway through the session, I burst into tears.
Yes really. Apparently this happens a lot when we tell busy working mums they look beautiful. Don’t ask me why, the answer’s in the clouds.
So from this point on, whenever the Black Dog is near I’m going to whip out the colour palette and play.
And I learned, that playing with your inner child makes you happy. Try it, you too might end up crying for joy, and this my friends, is a thing of beauty.