I’ve always been attracted to things—to density and color and texture and variety and vividness. I filled my little 500-square foot cottage with comfortable, practical beauty to the point that Dave referred to it as my hobbit hole. And I felt completely at home with my stuff all around me.
When we go to our favorite B&B, we don’t choose the Air Room, the one that is simple, spare, and decorated all in white. We choose Fire, Earth, or Water—full of color, of something for the eyes (and the soul?) to hold onto.
But there is something here for me.
What is it?
As I write this, I’m sitting in the middle seat of an airplane with two large men, one on either side. There is not much space, but I’m small and don’t require much to feel myself.
Is that it?
Having space to feel oneself, to discern what is mine or “not mine,” what is “me” or “not me”… to discern Who I am?
Being surrounded by my beautiful things can also invite and bring out parts of myself that might otherwise remain hidden.
Walking with friends outside in the cold, damp wind blowing. Stately evergreens, quiet paths, frost-heaved earth underfoot. Ice. Here there is also a sense of space.
Space to experience things as they are.
Space to experience myself as I am.
Space to experience others, to experience life
as it is.
Space to live
Winter offers us this gift of space, the gift of standing still, of staying in, of sleeping early and late, of turning inward, into the space inside the space.
What might you find there? Do you look? Do you dare?
At my Winter Way of the Happy Woman® Mini-Retreat we’ll engage in practices to create more white space in your life, to help you turn toward yourself on the inside. Join me on Sunday, February 7th from 2:00-5:00 in St. Paul.
I’d also be honored to support your journey within—sign up for a free Discovery Session to see how my Women’s Wellness & Spiritual Coaching can support you.
P.S. Do you have friends who are exploring how to create more space in their lives? I’d love it if you would share this post with them on Facebook!
2 thoughts on “white space”
The degree of space between beautiful objects can enhance and intensify the objects, and intentionally placed objects can enhance and intensify space. I just figured that out thanks to your white space email. Thank you, Katy.
and i’m getting it in a new way due to your artistic perspective, Che! so whether the objects are literally “things” in space or people or to-dos, i can see how this is true. THANK YOU!