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Creating Space for Yourself
by Jennifer Baltz

When was the last time you took a moment to congratulate yourself for navigating life in the 21st Century?

I read a book a while back comparing life today with life in the Middle Ages. The authors noted that we receive as much sensory stimulation in a single day, as a person back then might have experienced in a whole year. So take a moment to pat yourself on the shoulder, and tell your body that it is doing a very good job handling it all!

Our world has sped up exponentially, and yes, we are incredibly adaptable as human beings. But we need anchor points—we need places of calm in the storm. In short, we need space just to be.

Rituals offer that space. They give us room to simply be without having to produce or accomplish anything. And while that time may seem "wasted" because it does not fulfill an item on your "to do" list for the day, it is actually more valuable than all of those "to do" items put together.

As an intuitive, I find that I need meditation time, not only for my intuition to be at its best, but also for my life to go the way I want. When I deny myself that time, I invariably feel rushed and the life I create is less rich, less enjoyable. . . and yes, even less productive. When I take that hour each morning for myself to pause and just be, I find a wellspring of creative ideas and solutions inside myself.

Rituals help us connect with ourselves and with each other. My dog and I have a morning ritual as well. After breakfast, we go outside and he gets a thorough brushing. He loves "brush time" and is heartily disappointed if I forget. Brush time creates space for us to communicate and connect with each other, space to just be without any kind of agenda.

A ritual can be as simple as taking a deep breath and saying grace before your meal, or as elaborate as morning yoga or afternoon high tea. Take a moment and think about your personal rituals—the ones that help you feel more like yourself. How often do you give them to yourself? You may see your rituals as a luxury—the first calendar items to drop off the schedule in a busy day—but I would encourage you to think otherwise about them.

Rituals are as necessary to a happy life as breathing. Without them, we become robots on a schedule. With them, we have space to be and experience ourselves. We experience more fully the joy, wonder and physical presence of being a spirit in a human body—a human being.

Copyright © 2001 Jennifer Baltz.  All Rights Reserved. 

Jennifer Baltz is a business and life coach and creative mentor with over 18 years experience helping people consciously create their dreams. She offers individual coaching, classes, seminars, and mastermind groups to help you create change in your life, from personal and creative growth to small business development. Visit Jennifer's website for more information, www.creativespirit.com, or follow Jennifer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jenbaltz

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