The needed rain brings Northern California much more than water. It also presents an opportunity for nephelococcygia; more commonly known as cloud-watching. The act of seeking and finding shapes in clouds is a wonderful way to exercise your right brain in creative activity and practice the art of being present in the now. Remember childhood days of laying in the grass while the sun shone and a gentle breeze lazily pushed the clouds by? Reconnect to the joy of seeing a cloud slowly shift into your favorite animal as your delight in slowing down in this tech-crazed age. In addition to being a wonderful self-care practice, this activity can be used therapeutically for children. Give your child or your child client the gift of learning this meditative practice early. The following link has a wonderful suggestion for taking cloud-watching beyond the I-Spy game: http://kidsrelaxation.com/uncategorized/cloud-thoughts/
I would add to the suggestions made in the above link to have your child retain the images they draw as a way to reconnect to their relaxing moment even when there are no actual clouds in the sky. This is also a great introduction for CBT thought-stopping as you can teach your child to notice the thoughts and then visualize them floating out of their mind or morphing into more pleasant thoughts and images.
LMC vs U2 – “Take Me To The Clouds Above”
Lyrics: There’s a boy i know He’s the one i dream of Looked into my eyes Take me to the clouds above Take me to the clouds above (clouds above clouds above…..) Take me to the clouds above (clouds above clouds above…..)
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”