"Space ... the final frontier" ... yes, I am quoting Star Trek, but could it be that Star Trek has it absolutely right? Space, in all it's incarnations, is the final frontier, and I'm not talking about just that deep, mysterious darkness out beyond our planet.
Have you ever given a thought to the space inside you and where it is, or rather, where it has all gone?
Today I hit ten days in a row of meditation (I have been meditating fairly regularly the past two months, but usually with a day or two skipped here and there), and that is a record for me ... not that I'm counting (wink wink). The past few days I have been experimenting with guided visualisations (with Andy at Headspace) and in this visualisation there is an emphasis on creating space on the inside. I have, quite literally, discovered that this internal space is "The Final Frontier," and it's not quite as scary as you think it would be. In fact, it is refreshing, freeing, uplifting, to actually discover that you have more space inside you then you thought possible.
You see, I think that we tend to get so caught up in out thoughts and emotions, we cram them in on top of each other, one after the other after the other, until you can't see the wood for the trees. But when we start to look for space, look for the gaps and spaces between the trees, pull back and start to see the patterns and the sky and the air, we can start to relax into the experience of life. And there is so much space.
How can creating this internal space help with your goal journey?
When we create more space internally we are actually making space to allow creativity and productivity to flow in an uninterrupted way - imagine the possibilities for your goals, your business, your life. Making space inside also starts to create more space outside, you may find that it is easier to let go of material things, you start to see that having "stuff" isn't as important, and so your outer world starts to reflect your inner world, and vice versa. All this shedding and opening up then makes more space for time ... so often we westerners are so rushed off our feet, trying to do and be everything to everyone, but this is impossible, and we tend to forget ourselves in the mix, we have no time to think about our own wellbeing. With the extra time created from the internal and external space, we become free to slow down and just be, to look after ourselves, to indulge in what we enjoy to do, to feed our souls.
So how do you create internal space?
Internal space is best found using meditation techniques and/or visualisation. A simple way to start meditating is to simply find a comfy place to sit - upright, no slouching! Rest your hands in your lap, and take five big deep breaths. Close your eyes and, breathing normally, start to notice where you are breathing. Feel your lungs rise up and down, feel the breath as it passes in and out of your nostrils. Once you are settled start to count your breaths ... inhale, one, exhale, two, inhale three, exhale four ... keep on counting until you get to ten and then start again. Do as many rounds as you like of this, but it's probably best to start sitting for about 5-10 minutes (set an alarm). Every time your mind wanders simply bring the focus back to your breath (trust me when I say the first few times you sit your mind will wander after every breath, don't panic, don't think you can't do this, just keep bringing the mind back).
Here are a couple of links to meditations and visualisations:
How to Meditate - a beginners guide
Top 5 Youtube guided meditations