In my last post, I mentioned that the idea of “space” has been popping up all around me- not unlike the cicada situation here in Maryland…
Whether it’s taking some space, filling the space, creating space, taking up space, or leaving space open, this idea has continued to show up in my professional and personal worlds.
As a review, sit with this for a minute: What’s your relationship like with the space in your life? What do you do (or not do) with open space as it shows up…
Are you perplexed by it? Do you try to fill it up? Do you desire to carve out your own space?Do you hesitate to take up some? Is it difficult to give it to others? Is it a strength of yours to ask for some yourself?
Last time, we looked at our relationship with open space, using an extra room exercise to learn more about how we respond to free space, not just in our homes but in our lives.
Today let’s return to the additional room that’s been added to our home. Now we get to design this room to meet our needs. While we work our way through this exercise, imagine the first item you would bring into this room. Notice the light you’re picturing in this space. Is there a certain color you would put on the walls? A picture, poem, or lyric that would get hung up? Can you name the purpose of this room or are you figuring it out as you go?
Along with noticing what goes in, pay attention to what does not fill the space, what is intentionally (or unintentionally) is being kept out.
And notice the emotions that come up when you consider bringing things in.
Again, I encourage you to acknowledge and carry with you what comes up, without having to fix, over-analyze, or debate what your learn.