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Blue Sky
 By Tahay Balkissoon

A technique in Vajaryana Buddhism meditation is to visualize the Blue Sky. You visualize the blue sky in front of you, behind you, to the left of you, to the right of you, then extend it to the four corners, then above you, and below you. So in essence, you are surrounded by the blue sky, cloudless and dynamic, not static. You sit with this visualization, and when thoughts pop up, (as they will), you treat then as clouds to the blue sky, and let them float away. Do not dwell on them or get carried away and start creating an elaborate story.

If you are new to this kind of meditation, visualizing the blue sky can be somewhat difficult. Some beginners complain that they can only “see” what is directly in front of them, be it another person or the wall. If you stick with it and practice on a regular basis, it becomes easier, and soon you will “see” the blue sky.

Visualizing the blue sky awakens awareness in you. The autopilot state that one habitually resides in begins to melt away. With awareness, the boundaries that once defined you becomes clear, and with patience, you can let go of your attachments and concepts. You begin to see things “as they are."

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