Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Creating Space In Your Life

In order to sow seeds, you must first clear a patch of land.  Mindfulness helps to clear a space in our minds which we can use to plant the seeds of hope and joy in”.
We too should make ourselves empty, that the great soul of the universe may fill us with its breath”.
-Lawrence Binyon
There are few of us whose minds and lives are not cluttered.  We may be thinking too much or have too many things to do.  If our minds were a vacant lot, in most cases they are overrun with weeds.  Mindfulness helps create space in our lives.  We all need room to breathe and time to pause.  By disciplining ourselves to stop and pause throughout our day, we can simply breathe and catch our breath.  Our lives are not intended to be overflowing with worries, concerns, and activities.  As I like to say, “It is better to be doing nothing, than to be busy doing nothing”.  I saw a quote by Mark Twain yesterday that went, “Diligence is a good thing, but taking things easy is much more restful”.  The important tasks of our day have a way of getting done.  Much of the rest is often unnecessary and meaningless busywork that has little real value.  I am sometimes alarmed at how many things I have done in my life that did nothing to make life better and often wasted my time.  At this stage of my life time is more and more precious and the last thing I was to do is waste it by being busy doing nothing.  This has been especially true in the work environment over the years.  Some people seem to have a gift for creating unnecessary tasks for other people.  Much time has been wasted over the years in non-value added activities.  Create space in your minds and life, and before filling it back up, remember that less is more.      

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