Thursday, 19 March 2015

On 18:40 by Victoria Stanham in ,    9 comments

Beginnings are tough for me. I’m all about order, but beginnings tend to be for me all about chaos.

Most of the chaos stems from the fact that I haven’t fully closed the previous actions. I’m dragging the dregs of yesterday into today and tomorrow, and getting them all jumbled up with the new stuff that wants to emerge.

What to do about it?

If I followed my own advice, I would quit doing stuff about it. I would find a bit of space on the floor to lie down on my back, with my head supported on a few books and my knees up. If I did this every day, morning and evening, I’d be making space for change to happen.

It’s hard to believe that just lying down like that and doing nothing will make space for things to sort themselves out. But it does. It’s a cascade of space creation: I make space in my day to stop doing; that leads to making space to lie down; lying down makes space in my body to release accumulated tension; as body tension releases, mind tension lets go too and voilá!  I have created space in my mind.

It’s all about space: time-space, environmental-space, body-space, mind-space.
There’s absolutely nothing else required but to take the time to rest in that space. Time itself will take care of the rest.

When I ask myself to start a new action, I have to allow time before saying or doing anything more. Why? Because as soon as I ask myself to do something, I start up my habitual response to any order (in my case too many frantic thoughts and thoughtless actions) and it takes a little time for me to realize this and to stop.

And it’s only when I have remembered and stopped, created space and given myself time, it’s only when the dust of the previous actions has settled and the waves have quieted in the mind-pool, that the next phase can operate.


What’s the next phase? Listening, with my whole being, for a clear and true direction.

9 comments:

  1. Very nice, spacious post Victoria!

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  2. Thank you, this is so well said. When there seems to be no time, making space will also make time.

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  3. Great post!
    I've found this to be true in my life, too.

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  4. Just beautiful. Simple and powerful, thanks for the reminder. This also works wonders when a decision needs to be made.

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    1. Thanks Amy. You are right, it works wonders especially for making decisions

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  5. I've just started reading your blog after being given a tip by one of my AT colleagues in Sweden. Wonderfully clear, simple and "bullshit-free" , as my head of training used to say. Thanks :)

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