In order to get clear about what is right for you, or to recover, even momentarily from stress, I tell my clients it is imperative that they make an actual physical space that is theirs. Even if it is just a drawer, or a shelf, I insist that they start somewhere and now. Eventually I encourage them to have a whole room that is theirs, where they can close the door and be unavailable for a good chunk of time. When was the last time you were unavailable?
What does physical space have to do with your mental state? It is a concrete representation of nothingness. Nothingness is step one in creating. Just think, what’s the first thing you do when you want to change something in a room, like the paint or the flooring or even rearranging the furniture? You clear everything out! It is the same with your mental space. In order to get a handle on your life, you need to spend some time clearing things out. The major thing that needs clearing is your thoughts. Your mind is full to bursting with 24/7 chatter. Stop right now and just tune into your thoughts. Am I right? Lots of chatter there? I will write about how to calm the chatter in my next post.
Making space in your physical world and in your mind does three things. It will bring clarity, centeredness and creativity.
1. Clarity. When you are making space, physically and mentally, you get clear about what you want to keep and what is just taking up space, which translates into a drain on your energy. Pick up the objects on your shelf and decide, does this represent who I am or who I want to be? Is it useful? Does it bring me joy? Do the same with your thoughts. Is what I’m thinking about myself or others true? Is it serving me? Is this who I am or want to be? Does it bring me joy?
2. Center. Physical and mental space helps you center yourself. In other words, it helps to ground you. Time and space are the best for feeling your feelings and hearing your inner wisdom. Both vital to being a happy person.
3. Creativity. From your clear, centered place creativity will have a chance to blossom. When you are clear and centered you will begin to notice new thoughts, ideas. You will hear your inner voice that has lots to say about who you really are and who you are meant to be.
Right now I have a 10 inch by 8 inch space on a book shelf in my office, ‘made it today. It’s a start. Fall is the perfect time for clearing things out and organizing. While you are tucked away inside during the long winter you can be clearing out stuff that no longer serves you. You will then have a place (both physical and mental) to brood, ruminate and create. Who knows what will blossom in Spring?
Tell me, where can you