Joseph Campbell, a keen observer of we humans, has some insight on how we carve out and spend our time. As can be seen below, he is big proponent of ‘sacred’ spaces. He’s not talking about churches, temples or cathedrals, he’s talking about inviolate space, discrete time, or an uninterruptible compartment that is all yours.
“[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”
Every day we hustle and bustle wondering why we are so busy yet don’t seem to feel done. We have ongoing things to keep our minds occupied. We might feel so full of activities, there is little room for ideas. How to find a way to shift this to open up to our own inspiration? How do we step away from your check lists? Where can we find our calm, ourselves & our creativity?
Take a moment to find a free space (like the tree house you might have had as a kid) where you have quiet with no interruptions. This may not need to be an actual space, it can be a state of mind where you pull the car over for a “space” of time or close your office door to create that sense of spaciousness. Decide on a realistic amount of time per day – 10 minutes, 1/2 an hour or an hour that will be possible for you to set aside. Commit to taking that time every day. Allow this time to just be, resist the desire to fill it with thoughts or tasks or guilt for not doing something. Observe your reactions to this space – do you feel bored, irritated, anxious, calm, relaxed? As you continue with this committed space, you’ll notice your resistance will shift to enjoyment. You’ll also discover that your mind is freer, even when you are busy. Soon you’ll notice that in addition to being less caught up, you will actually find some new ideas and surprising solutions to situations you are facing. Watch. Learn. Enjoy.