It's fascinating to me how even innocent childhood exercises of the imagination, such as cloud-gazing, carried into adulthood can become spiritual disciplines.
Just looking up as the clouds sail by can nudge us to know ourselves better as we contemplate Eternity. As Buddhism teaches: beyond the clouds (in our mind) the sun (of wisdom) is always shining.
Below, is the poem I wrote contemplating these matters, if you wish to follow along as I read it:
'To find the origin,
trace back the manifestations.'
-Tao te Ching
Between being and non-being
these sails of water, ice, air –
Indifferent drifters, wandering
high on freedom
of the homeless
like ghosts, slithering through substance
in puffs and wisps
Lending an enchanting or ominous air
luminous or casting shadows,
ambivalent filters of reality
Bequeathing wreaths, or
modesty veils to great natural beauties
like mountain peaks
Sometimes simply hanging there
airborne abstract art
in open air
great sky whales, now, horse drawn carriages
unpinpointable thought forms,
punctuating the endless sentence of the sky...
, © Yahia Lababidi, author of Learning to Pray