Creating space

Having space, on all levels is that not a priceless state of mind? And to me, ah I can breathe again and the space that I live or work in once again becomes a harmonious reflection of my state of mind and that includes what I chose to wear.

Early on in life I saw that with a bucket of paint or two, how quickly a space could be transformed from blah to yummy, and how moving furniture around and decluttering my space shifted how a space felt to me, and over the years I’ve played with that a lot. It is amazing how changing the color of one wall makes a big difference in a room.

I recently did some space clearing, and by simply removing ONE piece of furniture from my bedroom and moving another piece, I had created space. I continued to a closet, rearranging & removing some other items and had the same experience, and the stress I felt before dissipated. When I have that feeling of space, my experience of life is that it flows even better, how does it get any better than that?

So what creates the illusion of having space vs. not to you? Do you get affected when you have too much clutter in your space or is it comforting to you? For some people space clearing, decluttering, etc. creates more space, for others it evokes scarcity and stress. There is no right or wrong answer on this topic, simply the choice of what feels good to you. Is there something in your home that right now that is calling for your attention? An action you can take? Something, that by taking the action will create the space to be and relax or create something new for you? Have fun!

Playtime stoppers & creators

Playtime stoppers & creators

Today I’m really present to the external illusions we buy into or allow to affect us, that stops or delays us from playing, and also the situations where we do not allow play (aka buying into what others deem appropriate behavior or opinions).

I was listening to an audio blog post this morning on creating a “not-to-do list”, which is an effective and backward tool to get to what actually is important to you. So what are the “not’s” that you are aware of that stops or delays you from playing? What would you add to your “life” list of “not’s” that would free up your space-time reality to play?

We live in a time where we are inundated by various possibilities, distractions, and demands, whether it’s people, electronic media or other energy attention demands, what actions do you take to keep a healthy balance? Does it come down to using a “timer” or are there other possibilities to consider? Taking a time-out one day a week? What if there is nowhere to “hide” or go?

In the past year, I’ve looked at the impact of volunteering for a longer period of time.  In this case, I went on the board of the condo association where I live, to make a difference and contribute. With this particular situation, I have really become present to one of my “not’s” – I no longer wish to give my free time to people that do not wish to contribute to creating something fun and expansive, for all, and yet by being around the “not’s” I became aware of that.

So what can we learn from these types of situations that we create for ourselves? What can we create despite that? And does it need to be a one-time choice?

To me, my dog Rocco has been a joyful distraction and I am so grateful that I have this playful being in my life. He is my inspiration to live in the moment, be happy, choose in each moment, and he reminds me daily that play & laughter is only a moment of choice away. And when he is not with me I try to find animals, people or something in the nature of my surroundings to inspire me, watching squirrels play for one often makes me smile and laugh!

What do you use to snap yourself into play if the “not” side is activated? Do you have pets or animals nearby? What do they provide for you?