Creating Space in My Life

March 2, 2009

 

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In these crazy days of my life, when I’m feeling rushed and pulled in a million directions, I need reminders to slow myself down and enjoy life minute by minute.  I really enjoyed these suggestions from Jonathan Mead of Illuminated Mind on creating space in your life when you’re always in a rush:

Realize that not having everything done is a good thing.         “Blasphemy!” you say. I know, I know. This sounds awfully backwards, but it’s true. Having things in your inbox means that your time is in demand. And that’s a good thing.

You don’t need a two week vacation to create space.  When you pull up in your driveway after work, take a minute or two to just relax and breathe. Turn off the radio, and just sit in silence for a moment. Enjoy the space. Two minutes is all you need. Now don’t tell me you don’t have time.

Look for the gaps. Between your thoughts, there lives little gaps. They may not be huge, but they’re there. Start paying attention to those gaps. Allow them to grow by just letting go of thinking all the time. You might think that you need to think about things in order to work or to live. But the opposite is usually true. Most of the time, thinking is completely unnecessary. Most of the time, you’re just thinking about the same things over and over. That’s called a pattern. Or brooding, whatever label you prefer.

Listen, feel, engage… be there. The reason we’re usually in such a hurry is due to a mind-created obsession with finishing things. So the way out of that is to be where you are. Listen to the ambient sounds you hear, feel your feet on the ground when you walk, feel your hands running through the water while you wash the dishes.

Let go of the need to become. Sure, there will always be things you want to change about your life. There will always be goals, dreams, desires and all manner of wonderful experiences to seek out. Great, seek them. Desire them. But don’t sacrifice the present. Don’t sacrifice the place you’re in right now. There’s too much beauty.

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2 Responses to “Creating Space in My Life”

  1. kathy Says:

    Diane, these are great…I may want to post them on my blog!!! I have to laugh a bit at the 4th one…I used to go with a guy who could see some things about me, I guess…he used to always say..where ever you are..be there!!!


    • Kathy, I’m glad you like these blog posts. I got this one from a blog I subscribe to called Zen Habits (www.zenhabits.net) and I really like them. I have learned a lot and like to share the posts I like!


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