The Space Between…

 In Reflections

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” —Viktor E. Frankl

During the Enneagram workshop this past Saturday, Nancy McCranie referenced the space between as the time to make a higher choice. As we learn more about ourselves through studying the Enneagram (or other systems), we also learn how to break self-defeating patterns.

This Holy Week for Christians and sacred month of Ramadan for Muslims feels like the perfect time to do our best to level up our responses to the small and big choices that come our way.

We can’t know how a small shift in how we use the space between will change the trajectory of our lives and the world. But isn’t the possibility of something better worth the effort? Dorothy Day says it best:

“People say, ‘What is the sense of our small effort?’ They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There’s too much work to do.” — Dorothy Day

May you be blessed with awareness of the power of choice you have in the space between.

The Gap

“Pay attention to the gap – the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space between words in a conversation, between the notes of a piano or flute, or the gap between the in-breath and the out-breath. When you pay attention to those gaps, awareness of ‘something’ becomes – just awareness.”
―Eckhart Tolle

The Space Between Them

“Rilke wrote: These trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it too increased.”
―Gaston Bachelard

Seize Your Space

“Sooner or later, I hate to break it to you, you’re gonna die, so how do you fill in the space between here and there? It’s yours. Seize your space.”
―Margaret Atwood

The Inner Space

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.

Tao Te Ching, translation by Stephen Mitchell, #11.

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