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Creating space

shutterstock_141652105Why don’t you work 80%, instead of 100%, while you figure out what it is that you want? Work 80%? I was so used to working 100 – 150% that the thought had never crossed my mind.

But when I started working 80%, having that Friday off, I kid you not when I say a whole new world opened. I was amazed by what it brought. It brought SPACE!

Space to explore, space to discover, space to have fun with. When your life is jam packed, there’s no room for anything new or creative. I became like a kid again, I would go explore for no obvious reason, I would go down new streets, just stopping whenever I wanted to, smelling rose bushes, literally! Just because I could. It was great!

Over the years, I’ve noticed that space keeps coming up in many of the Curious Courses.

Feng Shui – I’ve personally been on a decluttering journey over the past few years and still have room to go. It’s shown me that reducing the number of material things I have can be very satisfying, as it helps me focus on what is important. Getting rid of old, outdated stuff that no longer fits you as a person gives you the possibility to bring more of what fits you now.

Speaking – If you have ever heard a good speaker, you will recognise their use of pauses to give effect and heighten anticipation. Speakers often pause to allow the audience to digest the message being told. If it were just one long spiel, you’d easily lose track and wouldn’t be able to follow.

Meditation – My monkey mind can be a real chatterbox, but finding the time to meditate and allow quiet time in your head can be so rewarding. It allows whatever needs to surface or those moments of inspiration or creativity to appear.

Body Language and awareness – It’s fascinating to see how people hold themselves, do they give themselves enough space? How much space do you take up? Do you need to take up more space and be seen in your life?

Drawing – This is an interesting one, to draw the space around an object instead of the object. This allows the actual dimensions to come out better, as you don’t get lost in the detail.

There seems to be a pattern that in order to allow something new in your life, you first need to make space.

Secondly, having space in some areas gives more emphasis to the object the space is surrounding. Too abstract? Let’s make two examples, if I am reading a piece of text that has no paragraphs or spacing around it, I often struggle to read it. Imagine a piece of art in a museum. It often has space around it to allow people to view it properly.

This is the perfect time of year to reflect and create space in your life. Where do you need it the most? Share your thoughts in the comments.


4 Responses to Creating space

  1. Christian at 4:51 pm #

    Hi Selina, thanks a lot for those wonderful thoughts..! Couldn’t agree more. Would only add: You might want to keep that Friday a day off – even once you figured out what you want. Cause even when doing wonderful work one loves, the space will help to preserve its magic… And with this, I’m now leaving the office for the week :-) Take care, Christian

    • Selina at 9:03 pm #

      Hi Christian, you are so right. I started taking Friday afternoons off recently and I can feel the difference already. Hope to catch up with you soon. All the best, Selina

  2. Vera at 2:29 pm #

    Hi Selina, wonderful and inspirational input! Having less is actually more in many areas of our lives. Taking time off should be not frowned upon in this ever busy world. It is a chance to truly invite our creative force to be rechanneled. I find that my productivity is higher when I get to have a day off to myself.

    Take care and hope to see you soon! Vera :)

    • Selina at 9:36 am #

      Dear Vera, thanks for your comment. I agree that in many areas, less is more. Also, having had 2 weeks off over the holiday season and feeling properly rested has made the new year feel more productive already. Wishing you all the best for 2015 and see you soon, Selina

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