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Making The Space To Be Ourselves #MondayMusings

There’s so much to do and apparently so little time to do it in. Last week, I told you of our recent Sisyphus moments. It’s times like that, that make you feel low and forget who you really are – lost as you get in the mundane. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the mundane, every day routines of our lives. But when they take us away from from centering ourselves, from making the space to be ourselves, then I have a problem.

For example, for the last few weeks, I’ve stopped my practice of writing Morning Pages and my Bullet Journal, as I try hard to make it through. Nothing major happened to throw me off track. I guess I just lost sight of what’s important.

Making The Space To Be Ourselves

I read this anecdote yesterday and it spoke to me so loudly, that I just had to share it with you.

Every day after school, the son of a well-known Rabbi would enter his house, place his backpack on the dining room table, leave the house through the back door and head into the woods behind the house.
At first, the Rabbi gave little thought to his son day you leave our home to spend time in the woods. What is it you are doing there?”
“Oh papa,” the son replied. “There is no need to worry. I go into the woods to pray. It is in the woods that I can talk to God.”
“Oh,” the Rabbi said, clearly relieved. “But you should know, as the son of a Rabbi, that God is the same everywhere.”
“Yes, papa. I know that God is the same everywhere. But, I am not.”


From Terry Hershey‘s Sabbath Moments

The boy was right. We must honour those sacred spaces that make us feel centred. We must be very disciplined about making the space to be ourselves. Every single day.

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16 Comments

  1. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg May 1, 2019

    Wow! That story is so profound. Yes, we need to make the space to be ourselves. Love this new look of your site, Corinne.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 2, 2019

      Glad you liked both the story and the new theme, Shilpa. The theme is a work in progress, but I do think it loads faster.

  2. Deboshree Deboshree May 1, 2019

    I am going to remember this tip. Not only on Mondays, but every day ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ramya Ramya May 1, 2019

    I didn’t expect that answer from young boy. Now, I realize why we always can sleep nicely in our home on our own bed than in any other place and why we feel peaceful in a temple or feel relaxed enjoying the nature.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 7, 2019

      Each of us has to find what works for us. For one of us it may be our own room, for someone else it might be a religious place.

  4. Natasha Sinha Natasha Sinha April 30, 2019

    This post resonated and like how. Always love the way you bring out these beautiful facets of life to fore.
    That story is so very heart-warning.
    Such a simple thought yet supremely profound.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 7, 2019

      I see that you followed the call to go to a sacred space to recoup, Natasha.

  5. writershilpa writershilpa April 30, 2019

    Oh, and I loved the new look of Everyday Gyaan! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 30, 2019

      Thanks, Shilpa. You don’t think it’s too cluttered? One positive thing is that this theme loads really fast.

      • writershilpa writershilpa April 30, 2019

        it’s not too cluttered, but if you could delete a couple of things it could look spacious. it’s just my opinion, Corinne, because I like the minimalistic look. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 30, 2019

          Okay. I’ll work on that. Thank you! Appreciate the feedback.

          • writershilpa writershilpa April 30, 2019

            You are most welcome, dear Corinne! <3

  6. writershilpa writershilpa April 30, 2019

    Oh wow! That answer by the Rabbi’s son gave me a jolt! How true! There are spaces where I am myself, my most peaceful and happiest self. Places that are sacred to me, places that bring me alive. How I need to be in those places everyday lest I feel I missed out on something precious.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 30, 2019

      I’m glad this resonated with you too, Shilpa. Speaking of myself, I feel at times, I choose to avoid ‘going’ to those spaces! ๐Ÿ™

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