The Space In Between

The Space In Between

I call it the fight against our own mortality — our attempt to outwit our own death in fear of it.

We do it so strategically, and perhaps unknowingly. Overdoing, over scheduling, over over over. Packing 48 hours of activity into 24. I too bought into the illusion for many years until I saw the energy that was behind it. It was exhausting, constricted, and not in flow — it was based on a lack of feeling enough inside that I was trying to be everywhere, but truly nowhere, all at once. I simply was not present, when I had so much future agenda in my head — the next work task, the next party, the next thing to do. My aliveness, joy, intuition, creativity, and ability to be with was not available to me, as I wasn’t loving and honouring the space that was needed in those moments. I was compromising my own evolution, more than I was pushing ahead.

Sometimes we can’t fathom missing out on the next gathering or event, or conversation, yet we are missing out on the true meaning of life by rushing through it. Our children become subject to the same path. Running through life, not understanding where they are running to or what they are running from.

Perhaps the motivation in filling every gap of time with busyness or distraction is that we are running away from the truth and beauty of who we are inside. Slow down and be present to your breath, and to yourself. In turn, we are present to life and others. It is in the non doing and being only in that very moment of time that we find ourselves, and can honour that which we truly are to show up as our authentic selves, beyond the veils of acceptance, belonging, self sacrifice.

Take the time and space you need through life. This is the foundation of love for self, and love for another ❤️

FIRE ~ Judy Brown

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.

So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.

We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.

A fire
simply because the space is there,
with openings
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.