Regardless of annual income, or lack thereof, the only real estate that we all have guaranteed to us is our own personal space. I’m not talking the walls that house and shelter you, I’m talking about the intangible energies that embody who we are and how we conduct ourselves. We are constantly maintaining, creating, and promoting the space around us. Think about the last time you said, “I just need some space.” What is it that you were craving at that time? My guess would be you were looking for a sense of peace, calm, or perhaps clarity that seemed unattainable at that moment.
A combination of our thoughts, perceptions, and ongoing behaviors create the space that we call our own and each of those things perpetuate either positive or negative energy around us. What I continue to learn most is that if I am in a place of fear, uncertainty, insecurity, and separation…I tend to react with tension and even anger to people around me. However, when I’m relaxed, feeling connected to the world around me, and open; I am more likely to experience patience, tolerance, and warmth to those very same people and circumstances. Notice, I said, “more likely”. It’s not as if we become immune to all those things, but perhaps we become more adaptable.
All sorts of things can negatively impact the equilibrium we experience within our personal space and at the end of the day it is up to us to decide if there is going to be a small ripple of a current or an all-out smashing wave of discontent that smacks us in the face. It may be the ongoing responsibilities that seem to pile up during the work day. But it can also be the uncomfortable feeling when you are not feeling yourself and someone close to you asks what’s wrong and you simply don’t know how to put your feelings into words. Often though, it’s that sense that the world is crashing down, things are changing too fast, and nothing feels certain.
Whatever the case, we can arm ourselves with tools that help us create, maintain, and promote the best possible space around us that is full of love and hope. I’m not suggesting we put our heads in the sand and pretend that bad things don’t happen or that some days are not going to be harder than others. However, if we become intentional about our personal space and diligently assess our interactions, we will begin to realize whether our perceptions, thoughts, and actions are being impacted by fear and uncertainty. And ultimately through increased awareness, we can determine if the space we need is a complex layers of a process which identifies our true need…which is love.
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