It’s a Zen Thing

Gold Canyon, Arizona

First gentle blog reader, I must apologize for yesterday’s rant. I was so cranky that I would have found fault with Mother Theresa…

I woke up to clouds yesterday morning, and thankfully I woke up in a much better mood.

1113140940So that got me thinking about why it is that the presence (and absence) of clouds affects my cerebral, emotional, spiritual, and physical state so much.

And here’s what I came up with…

Clouds make me feel sheltered and self-contained and whole. Sunshine makes me feel exposed and bombarded and disjointed.

So I’m thinking that clouds help me achieve a zen-like state.

Here’s part of the definition of zen from urban dictionary:

One way to think of zen is this: a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind.

When I go for a trail run in full cloud cover, I run faster and father than in full sunshine. My energy level at least doubles and sometimes triples in clouds. And that “total togetherness of body and mind” is achieved. (Well, at least as much of it as can be in a nearly 60 year old woman…)

So given the absence of clouds while we are living in The Valley of the Sun for the next two months, I need to figure out a way to achieve zen other than waiting for clouds to magically appear.


I thought about ways to come closer to zen, and here’s my daily to do list starting tomorrow:

  • Listen to music at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Meditate at least fifteen minutes per day.

I can combine the meditating and the music sometimes, but I don’t want to do it all the time because each activity will generate unique benefits.