Today we ask that you meditate on creating good space.
What does this mean?
Most of you are taught that to accomplish things in life, you must always be doing things. You must be busy little workers, burning the candle at both ends.
Really, this is not so.
More than half of any creative process is not in the doing of things, but rather in creating a good space.
For example: if someone wishes to paint a picture, she must first create a good space, i.e. some sort of artist’s studio environment. She needs a room with good light. She needs her artist’s tools, her pencils and paints and brushes, her canvas. That is the physical space.
But the physical space is not sufficient. To create the painting, the artist must also create space in time. She must set aside dedicated time to the effort. Preferably quiet, meditative time in which she can focus on the task at hand.
Thirdly, she must create space within her own mind. If her mind is racing with thoughts about doing laundry or paying bills or arguing with the landlord, then there will be no space in her mind for the act of creation.
If there is no space in the mind, then the artist may have a lovely studio and plenty of time — and still nothing will get done.
So, these are the three forms of space: physical space, time space, and mind space.
When space is created in all three at once, wonderful things can be done.
A good teacher knows how to create space for her students to learn.
A good healer knows how to create space for her patients/clients to heal.
In theater, a good director knows how to create space for the actors, the crew, the play, and the audience.
A good orchestra conductor knows how to create space for the musicians, and the music.
A good chef knows how to create space for the food.
A good gardener knows how to create space for the plants.
A good parent knows how to create space for the child.
Can you see the pattern?
So: next time you are fretting about getting things accomplished, reframe your thoughts.
Instead of thinking about all the things to do, reflect on creating a good space in which something can happen.
You will need physical space, time space, and mind space.
Focus on all three: physical space, time space, and mind space.
Then see what unfolds.