The space between my space.
In yoga, our instructor has us focusing on the space between our vertebrae. In odd moments in the day I think of those spaces and stretch my posture higher, reaching for the impossible sense of being taller or even touching, as our instructor says, “the farthest star”.
What is even more amazing to me is the impact that finding these spaces is having on how I think about my life. These spaces in my body (and they can be found all over) give me an experience of what feels good to me in my life. For someone who in some strange way has never felt entirely comfortable liking what she likes, this is significant. I was in my 20s before I was able to own that, contrary to my mother’s strongly held opinions against cast iron frying pans, that I myself quite liked them (!).
Importantly, this awareness of spaces in my body translates into everyday life. I begin to notice more clearly what feels clear and what does not. Life does not work very well when we do things that do not harmonize with our clarity. I am learning an important life tool that was missing from my tool bag.