I love quotes. I kind of geek out over them. Sometimes I just read one after the other, searching by author or topic, admiring the way people can condense a thought into a few marvelous words.
I was recently wondering what I could write as a reflection on this past year for our Christmas card and I came across this: “When you let go of what no longer serves you, you create space for what’s meant to be.” Bam. My 2018 in eighteen words.
In June, we sold our second home. Prior to the sale, I grudgingly created space by cleaning out closets, cabinets, and rooms. I filled a U-Haul truck with stuff to bring home. This, in turn, required that I create space in my home by cleaning out its closets, cabinets and rooms. Bags and boxes were donated, sold, or left for trash.
All this space-creating then started an avalanche of cleansing. Clothes, jewelry and makeup followed. The thing that I did not anticipate, however, was how clearing my physical space would create more space mentally.
I decided to give up teaching a couple of my yoga classes. This freed me up to take more classes. And join a choir (unfortunately, this endeavor didn’t work out as I hoped, so, with my newfound respect for my time and space, I promptly gave it up).
When you let go of something, it creates more space in your life for better things to fill it. Brendan Burchard, author of The Motivation Manifesto, suggests: “The most crucial task is to forge more life into your day. This does not mean more to-do’s; it means less. It means creating space to think, walk, eat, sleep, read, love, dream.”
With my newfound space, I started teaching Sunday school a couple Sundays a month and, although many of those mornings I walk slowly to church, clutching my coffee and grumbling about why the hell I decided to take this on, at the end of the hour, I am filled. I’ve also discovered the joy of teaching yoga one-on-one and seeing the almost immediate results of the practice. And when it is right for me, I am reading more. I am sleeping more. And I am trying to write more.
How about you? Where can you create space physically or mentally? What is asking for your release? Can you create space to care for yourself, whatever that means to you? Pay attention. Only through stillness can you hear what your heart is saying. Who knows what you’ll be making room for?
Wishing you all the blessings and joy of the season. May you be surrounded by everything and everyone you love. Especially sacred space.