“white space” – the empty space between and around the essential elements of a design
A good designer knows that “white space” is critical to an elegant design.
And a good composer knows when to add silence to emphasize the beauty of their composition.
Designing a life is no different.
When you live with the right amount of white space, your life will feel like a great symphony. With harmony, rhythm and flow in all the right places.
By adding SPACE you will find the sweet spot where ABUNDANCE + CREATIVITY + PRODUCTIVITY intersect.
What works for me is to pay attention to the essential elements in my life and to make sure that they have enough space around them. Then to truly honor those elements.
That’s it. Just leave space around your essential bits, you’ll find your essential, authentic self will have room to emerge! Clearing SPACE in your life for what’s essential.
The 5 basic ingredients that I’ve found are essential for a life with “white space” are:
STILLNESS | PLAY | ACTION | CONNECTION | ENERGY
Find time to be still every day. Traditional meditation, a walk in nature, whatever works for you. Whether it’s for 4 minutes or an hour. Schedule it.
The constancy of stillness… only from that place can you create your best work and your best life. — Oprah Winfrey
Play is not just joyful and energizing — it’s deeply connected to our development and intelligence. And a strong correlation between success and playful activity has been shown. So make time to play! To laugh. Even a forced smile can improve your mood. Smile muscles activate endorphins + immune boosting T-cells.
To thrive in our wild new world you would be well advised to play until you can’t think. — Martha Beck
When do you feel “in the groove?” What makes you lose track of time?
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
Zoom, call, email, or write someone a note! Connect.
Connection is “… the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ― Brené Brown
Learn your own circadian rhythm. Honor it.
During the day stretch. Stand up. Move around. DANCE. Do something to get your blood moving! (check out our Playlist!)
It’s not the number of hours we work that determines the value we create, but rather the energy we bring to whatever hours we work. Science tells us we’re at our best when we move rhythmically between spending and renewing energy. ― The Energy Project
When you honor the spaces in-and-around the essential elements in your life, you will see your authentic, essential self emerge.
What are your essential elements? It’s up to you to decide your exact ingredients and the perfect measurements for each.
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