Making space

Messy closetI was thinking about cleaning my closet this morning.

The same closet I’ve been thinking about cleaning for months now. My mind wandered to all of the other places I should be clearing out. I watched my mind explode with all of the other things I should be doing today.  I felt my throat tighten, my breath shorten, and my muscles tense as a familiar sense of overwhelm flooded my body-mind-spirit.
I took another breath and paused. I need more space inside of myself. So, I played around with feeling the speed and density of my mind contrasted with the fluid movement of my breath. I brought my attention more and more to my breath and less and less to the growing list in my  mind.

It wasn’t easy, but I stuck with it.

Breath by breath, I brought my attention back again. It didn’t take too long until I felt my throat soften, shoulders drop, muscles relax and mind settle.
“Space – the final frontier” rings through my mind from distant Star Trek episodes. Finding space within, I notice that there is much more space around me.
Now about that closet…

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Michele on October 27, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Nice to know that even the “better equipped” more knowledgeable fall short too!It is like an pat on the back that things are AOK, just keep breathing and trying.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on October 27, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Hi Michele,
      A little at a time is my motto!

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