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Widening the Margins

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At this lip of the New Year, we tend to focus on all that we will do better, or right. Often the voice in our head is saying something like, Finally, darn it, I will change this thing about myself, my relationships, my life. And then we buckle down and get to work. But there is so much more to living, to being, than to seeing our life as work and as labor.

The other day, someone reminded me of the words of Henry David Thoreau in which he speaks to loving a broad margin to his life. There is so much generosity in this image, in the empty space between words and the borders of the page, a generosity to self—a spaciousness.

This year, consider broadening your margin. Cultivate spaciousness. Give yourself the permission of ease. 

Some people find spaciousness comes from giving oneself precious moments of quiet and reflection through meditation or writing. Others find a good long run opens their hearts and minds, and widens the page. There are those who find the greatest opening comes from spontaneous play, from breaking out in song, dancing an impromptu jig in the living room. I often go to the ocean to breathe in the immensity of our planet, to do cartwheels in celebration of our water world. 

Whatever it is, where ever you find it, give yourself some time each week to cultivate the joy of spaciousness. Widen the margins to your life.

“There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of the head or hands. I love a broad margin to my life.” —Henry David Thoreau



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