The health ben­e­fits of cloud gaz­ing

A LIT­TLE BLUE-SKY THINK­ING CAN DO YOU THE WORLD OF GOOD... HERE’S WHY CLOUD-GAZ­ING CAN BOOST YOUR WELLBING

Good Health Choices - - Contents -

We know the mood-boost­ing power of spend­ing time in na­ture – from the well-doc­u­mented ben­e­fits of walk­ing in green spa­ces to the sense of peace that comes from star­ing at the ocean, but when was the last time you re­ally tuned in to what’s hap­pen­ing in the sky? Cloud watch­ing might just be the per­fect an­ti­dote to our screen-dom­i­nated lives.

What could be a bet­ter way to in­cor­po­rate a lit­tle mind­ful­ness into your day than to lie in the grass or the sand, stare up at the heav­ens and watch the move­ment tak­ing place there? You can use it as an op­por­tu­nity to let your imag­i­na­tion run free or take a more an­a­lyt­i­cal ap­proach by learn­ing about the dif­fer­ent types of clouds and how they form. Spend­ing a lit­tle time sky-gaz­ing first thing each morn­ing and last thing in the evening is a lovely way to book­end your day feel­ing con­nected to the nat­u­ral world. And it’s hard not to feel a burst of joy at the sight of a lit­eral cloud with a sil­ver lin­ing.

Cloud gaz­ing is a great way to in­tro­duce your kids to mind­ful­ness (and to the beauty of be­ing still!).Af­ter a lit­tle si­lence, talk about the shapes you see, and have fun in­vent­ing sto­ries

around them.

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