I love my job. but if that's all life was about, i'd slit my own wrists. i love my house - the tending and mending and painting and decorating. but a house that isn't a welcoming home is just a pile of wood. To me, life - rather Life - is about the spaces between…how i relate and move about this world…how i look for change and blessing to give out and to take in…which one is harder for you - giving a blessing, or receiving one? I bet you said "receiving." we wouldn't be friends if you couldn't bestow blessings upon those who swirl into your life. but receiving? that's a whole new experience and ball of twine. why is receiving so hard? does it make us feel like we're seen as incomplete or needy or selfish or or or? then why should we bestow a blessing upon another if it makes us feel so oogly? we aren't trying to make others feel bad, yet when they try to bless us, we have mixed feelings. feel worthy. be grateful. period.
so, now about those spaces in between. it doesn't have to be this OR that…there doesn't have to be a distinct line of demarcation…there's just a fuzzy space between the seen and unseen…the things that come with an attachment to the eye and hand and body, and the unexplainable things that move through us…that surround our hearts while we move through our days doing the tasks expected of us and that we need/want to do…that ethereal mist of what some call spirituality, some call mindfulness…it's about setting your eye just a bit higher, so that the task of making supper suddenly becomes the task of making supper plus the joy of making a little extra for a tired neighbor…it's about watching my neighbors care for my lawn when they know i'm not able, and feeling so so grateful…giving. receiving. the space between. when you slow your day down just a notch, you'll see the things that are important. things that can only be seen without using your eyes…the distinctly different smells as i walk with Henry through the woods - autumn leaves, now crunchy underfoot and their musty wonderful smell…the gamey smell as we walk past the fox den…the chill dampness near the lake. all would be missed without setting an intention to walk in the space between…between performing the task of walking Henry and going out to experience the woods with my best companion. Rumi says to "Close both your eyes in order to see with your Third eye." the space between what is seen and what is felt. may you travel there today.