The last stanza in our gatha (practice poem) is:
“Breathing in, I see myself as space; breathing out, I feel free.” Shortened it becomes “space, free.”
With this verse Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that we need space, to not be crowded by opinions, objects, expectations, possessions, memories, plans (whew!). Recently I gave a bouquet of Peruvian lilies (astromeria) to a friend. I bought 3 bunches to make a full presentation but later realized they looked much prettier with more space around them. Without space, we cannot see clearly.
Everything we hold onto takes up room in our psyche and can lead to a dense, crowded feeling. Letting go creates more room. When we have less to keep track of we can experience the present more easily. It’s fitting that this is my last post for this calendar year as we often celebrate the new year by letting go of the old and setting new intentions.
What kind of space will you create for yourself going forward?