We can’t control what thoughts arise in the mind. (Telling yourself not to think about whether you’ll feel well enough to join the family for dinner is almost a guarantee that it’s exactly what you will think about!) And moods are as uncontrollable as thoughts. Blue moods arise uninvited, as does fear or anxiety. By working with this wind metaphor, I can hold painful thoughts and blue moods more lightly, knowing they’ll blow on through soon—after all, that’s what they do.
Weather practice is a powerful reminder of the fleeting nature of experience, how each moment arises and passes as quickly as a weather pattern.
via How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers
The practice grew out of the Buddha’s insight into the impermanent and changeable nature of all phenomena. The weather is impermanent, changeable and unpredictable. So are moods. The blues settle in, then lift, just like a dense fog.
Seeing the impermanent nature of the blues keeps us from identifying with them as a fixed part of who we are. This insight enables us to simply see them as part of the ebb and flow of life. They arise in the mind, stay awhile and then pass. Seeing this, we can calmly and patiently wait for those blues to lift and blow away.