Feeling Fractionated? Embrace SPACE.
April 26, 2016
SPACE is actually healing to our body, mind, and spirit. The concept of creating space may seem contradictory in a culture that places huge value on material things and multi-tasking, but I suggest that this is exactly why we need to EMBRACE SPACE. And this has many, many applications, large and small, for creating more peace, creativity, productivity, relational connectivity, & joy in your life.
LAURIE – this video is lovely. It is particularly when I am sure that I don’t have time to take a space break that it does me the most good. Somehow, whatever is happening that feels like too much becomes manageable when I step away for a moment, into the moment.
YES! Spot-on, Gisele. Everyone can almost always take a 5 minute break, and it’s a game-changer to widen your perspective and give your mind a mini-siesta. 🙂
Awesome video, Laurie! Thanks for those reminders! It is great to hear that we aren’t doing ourselves any favors by being multitaskers. One thing at a time…ahhh, yes!
I use the 5 minute break often in my life…huge game-changer. Next I need to get meditation in my life.
Yes! I love that you already found the magic of the 5-10 minute break, and are sharing that it WORKS. Thank you. A great way to get started with meditation is http://www.headspace.com. Love his work and the free app is helpful. Enjoy!
Thanks, Laurie! You pointed out many good reasons for creating space, but sharing that if we expand our sight, we open our minds as well is great motivation for going outside or looking out the window for a few minutes in the day. Of course living in the present moment alleviates our “suffering” and changes our perspective instantly–good reasons to do that for a even a few minutes! Lots of helpful reminders in the video–thanks!
Thank you, Jennifer, for this great reiteration about living in the Now, and it’s ability to alleviate our “suffering” (our mind running amuck). So important. And yes, expanding our sight does wonders for everything from gaining perspective to improving creativity (great if you’re a writer!).
Multitasking creates – “a 10% reduction in IQ.” That must be for ladies? It may be a little more for men!
Ha! You said it, not me! 😉
It’s amazing to me how multi-tasking has become so revered, when in actuality, it’s making us less effective. Stats show that multi-tasking while driving is the same, cognitively, as drunk driving! Great NPR article: http://n.pr/1hYl4yw
Multitasking while driving is a big deal here in Australia. You’re not allowed to touch your phone while driving.
Meditation? Life Changing!
Something else I have started doing (instead of crazy multitasking) is setting my schedule in blocks of 50 minutes throughout the day. I schedule 50 minutes for emails, 50 minutes for phone calls, 50 minutes for client follow up etc. After each 50 minutes – I take 10 minutes of “space” by either walking outside or breathing or whatever I can do at the time to take a break. I just started this and it is hard at first because we are so used to multi-tasking (not easy to ignore emails coming in when I am not in email block part of the day) but I can see how it will make a huge difference so I am sticking with it!
Isabelle, I am in full agreement that meditation is life-changing! I love what you wrote here, especially when you spoke your truth about how difficult this new mojo is that you’re practicing. It’s important to remember that all things take time, and changing the circuitry in our brain (habits) requires some time and commitment. Keep up your awesomeness!
Really nice vlog, Laurie. These are simple changes that we can make in our everyday activities. Maybe we just do it once to start! Then we’ll practice making space more often. Thank you.
Thank you, Leslie! YES, I was focused on actionable items that weren’t too overwhelming, so I’m pleased that that was received. Thank you for this feedback.
What impresses upon me the most here is how fast and furious our conversations are. I often am too quick to give my two cents worth, making effort to be a good conversationalist. However, being a good listener is one of life’s greatest skills!
Very true, Patty! The skill of true listening (to understand), as opposed to simply waiting (while the other speaks) to respond, is rare and would immensely improve relationships…from interpersonal to world politics.