Find Space

"Space, like time, engenders forgetfulness; but it does so by setting us bodily free from our surroundings and giving us back our primitive, unattached state."  --Thomas Mann, German novelist

I talk a lot about finding space in my yoga classes. Stretch to find space in your chest. Lengthen through your head and neck to find space in your back and spine. Finding space is one of the basic goals in our physical practice. Find space and things tend to migrate back to where they are supposed to be.

I've recently been working on finding space in my "emotional" practice. It's harder to do this without the physical cues, so I try to think about what is changing as I find space in my mind. Am I more focused today? Am I able to let worry go? Am I fixated on something in particular?  These are some of the questions I ask myself, and it seems to work really well. I don't always find the space I'm looking for, but at least I'm thinking about it and working on it. Maybe that's all that is necessary?

I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts on how you find space. Please leave a note on the pinned post on my FB page, and let us know how you find physical, emotional, or intellectual space.