Posts Tagged ‘space’

You can never get in the same bed twice…

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

I think that, at least for me, a key part of the importance of this time of year is the pause it gives you between the frenzy of Xmas and all that leads up to it and the beginning of the new year.  I don’t believe we are really designed to go straight from one space directly to a new one; that just feels like more of the same.  Think about it like traffic lights, between the green and the red you have amber; a space to change your state and expectations.  We all need that, I know I certainly do.

Whilst there are busy days over the holiday, I value the ‘do nothing’ ones just as highly.  Spending time in bed in the morning when there is nothing but hunger to make you rise from that little warm nest.  However, every time I promise myself that I’ll come straight back after I have eaten, somehow I never do.  Once that passive state is broken, you can’t recreate it just by going back to bed.

Make sure that you treasure and use the non-doing time this holiday and use it to prepare yourself for the sleigh ride that 2009 is sure to bring!  Good Luck!

“The art of Being, the art of Non-doing is very subtle. Non-doing is not merely a lack of activity but an energy experience of stillness.  This Non-doing is your presence, your very amness, the positive experience of being truly alive.”

Resources:

  1. Taoism & Non-doing

Space.. the Final Frontier?

Friday, July 4th, 2008

I was talking to a fabulous networking group, called Success in Sussex yesterday about Change and I mentioned how important space was to enable people to deal with Change. It is perhaps ironical that I find myself, despite my very best endeavours, struggling to create some space for myself. Having just come back from a fab week away, I resolved to only do those things that absolutely had to be done this week. However, there was a certain amount of things that had to be attended to including the renovation project of Cooke Towers. Time seems to be voraciously consumed at present, including wonderful make work projects like the 2 hours I spent yesterday trying to install a new router which ended up dying on us (we tried CPR to no avail..)

The thing is, most of us are under so much pressure that we not only constantly in Flight / Fight but also we feel we have no time to give serious consideration to things we might want to change, or even to focus on the things we deem important. We opt for the same old routines that have created the problem, because they are all we have time for now.

When I finish writing this, I am stopping for today. I would urge you to be ruthless in creating a little space, be it mental, temporal or physical, in your life and let yourself breathe a little and gain a fresh perspective on what is important. Good Luck .. or maybe I should say “Live long and prosper!”

“Even the wildest dreams have to start somewhere. Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly.” Oprah Winfrey

It’s hard work doing nothing!

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

We are getting ready to go on holiday, and I am gob-smacked how much work one has to do just in order to do a little bit of nothing.  It is as if we are having to pack two weeks work into one just in order to take the next one off.  Now this may seem perfectly logical, but it is amazing how hard one must work just to create a little space.

The thing is, that in order for Change to happen it requires a number of elements:-

  • Space
  • Time
  • Willingness
  • Energy / Resources

Clearly if space creation takes this much work, it makes it all so much harder.  It is a bit like a garden, first you have to clear the weeds in order to prepare the soil for the new things to grow.  If you are wanting to introduce a change into your life right now, first of all make some space for it to grow.

“Even the wildest dreams have to start somewhere. Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly.”  Oprah Winfrey

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  Albert Einstein