We’re enjoying a family vacation and playing with my daughter and niece – oh and all the grown-ups – has just been way too much fun! We’ve had some hilarious rounds of Apples to Apples and Jenga, all played according to four-year old and eight-year old rules.
Vacations remind us of how fabulous space feels. Sleeping in a bit more than usual, taking time to wander outside, sitting under the fan because it’s too hot to do anything else… does it get any better? Not only does it feel good in our bodies it also allows for the connections we so long for. Time to absorb our child’s wonder as she watches a bird build a nest, time to laugh until you cry, time to connect with those qualities that make our family precious to us.
Space is a necessary element for achieving harmony and order. Artists use space in their compositions as a tool for directing our eye and to evoke a sensory response. A picture that is crammed full of detail can quicken our breath and bring a feeling of anxiety because we don’t know where to focus. I don’t know about you but it’s really easy for my life to feel like that too, and I’m so not interested in staying in that picture. Some of the things that keep our pictures over-full: complaining about our reality, the way we think about the never-ending tasks of keeping a household, not enough sleep, overeating food or bingeing on social media, and isolating ourselves.
I’d much rather be in a spacious landscape, clear on my focus with enough room to enjoy the present moment.
“The Stroll” 1875 Monet
image courtesy of artchive.com
- taking a couple of minutes to breath deeply and slowly before I start
- putting on music I love and taking a moment to let my body really absorb it
- doing a couple sun salutations or other yoga poses
- doing a complete load from start to finish without starting another one (or, for any task, doing only that task from start to finish)
- stating an affirmation such as “I’m doing something important and loving for my family right now.”
- beginning or ending a task with a couple of gratitude statements
- light a candle or diffuse essential oil
- look out the window, into the distance
- close your eyes and fully take in the moment.
How will you create space for the life you want? Share with the community, below and on Instagram. Be well mamas!