Can there be space without time?
I’ve been wondering lately how to fit it all in.
You know what I mean, the workout, the sleep, the lunches packed, the dinner made, the house cleaned…
and oh, yeah, the business work completed.
In fact, I recently did a 21-day meditation challenge through The Chopra Center to see if I could actually make the time in my day for a seated mediation. Now I know I’ve talked about mindfulness practices, and I do those.
I pay attention when I wash the dishes or my hands. I smell the conditioner as I rinses through my hair. And this helps, it really does. It brings me into the moment- if only for a moment.
The Moment of Calm
As I moved through the 21 day challenge, creating the time for those 15 minute meditations was sometimes crazy. Sometimes it was the last thing I did before I went to bed, and truthfully, on some days it just didn’t happen.
But here is what I noticed as the days passed by, and more often than not, I created space and time for those meditations; space opened up everywhere around me. It’s not that there was less to do, my busy schedule was still there. But the quality of that space had changed. I had room in my mind. I could see my thoughts without being exhausted by them running my mind. I could create distance from them, which allowed way more perspective.
And then the challenge ended. I was once again left to my own devices.
No one was sending me emails, offering a daily meditation if I just click a button.
And so the real work begins. I create space, even when it doesn’t feel like there is time.
Because I know that in the small bit of time I carve away, the space becomes infinite, time becomes relative, and I get to feel the sweetness of breathing into a feeling of freedom and non-time.
Even if it’s just for a moment, and those moments string together. To become my life.