Finding Spaciousness in Everyday Life

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
– Lao Tzu

How spacious does your life feel at the moment?

If you asked me what I mean by “spacious,” I would say that it is not something you “do” or “make happen,” but rather, a state of being that you cultivate.

Everyone has their own unique way of experiencing and embodying spaciousness. For me personally, it’s a sense of gliding gracefully through the day, free of friction and resistance — like the feeling I get when I’m sitting in one of those gliding rocking chairs or floating in the warm waters of the ocean in Hawaii.

Here is my recipe for spaciousness:

Close your eyes and relax. Notice the blankness, the darkness, the…spaciousness. Can you find any borders or boundaries? Can you tell what size it is? How close it is? Where it is?

You can do a similar investigation with your eyes open (spaciousness might seem to be overlayed on top of everything or permeating everything), or investigate your hearing or physical or emotional sensations.

It’s not something to think about, but something you notice. “Spaciousness” is always already there. It just takes a shift in perspective.

How would you describe spaciousness? What does it feel like to you?

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