As a western society, we have been conditioned to believe more is better. If there is any feeling of lack, the default response seems to be to do MORE.

Do more. Be more. Give more. More more more…

Sometimes I think we need less. A lot less. 

In the book The Untethered Soul, author Michael Singer talks about how deep in our unconscious, there is a part of us that’s not ok with ourselves and goes on to talk about how everything is spiritual.

When I read the book a year ago, I believed the first part and rejected the second part. After growing up in a home that felt overly religious, I was reluctant to overly spiritualize my point of view and very much wanted to keep God and all things spiritual in a box. A year later, as much more has been revealed, I have changed my mind and believe the two elements to be deeply intertwined. We were made to be continuously filled and emptied by our divine creator and in relationship with Him.

Our creator wants to be the one to make us whole from the inside out.

We have been conditioned to fill our lives with more:
More work, more material things, more experiences, more striving. 

The Bible teaches us to “stop striving and know that I am God.” In our stillness, we can receive.

Stillness allows for expansion. Expansion of time, of energy, of love.

 

 

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Over the past few months, I have been trying to create more space in my life so that what is truly important can have the space that it needs to grow.

I now get up at 5:30 am almost every day to get to yoga by 6 am. This gives me space to give my mind a clean slate first thing in the morning uncluttered by distractions. It also gives me time in the morning to do things like writing, spending time outside and in meditation. Most importantly, it gives me uninterrupted time to reflect in stillness.

Surrender to stillness so there is space to receive.

For us perfectionists and never good enough-ers, creating space is really hard. We are so used to pushing ourselves that it may feel that we know no other way. 

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