Leave Some Space within the Lines of Life

by Debra Mae White on September 21, 2011

Scotland Rainbow

Some call it “being in the zone,” others enter a magical state of mind dubbed “the flow.” My writing mentor, Janet Conner teaches a class called “Plug In” crafting connections between writers and divine inspiration. There is a power and beauty that can only be accessed when ones focus shifts from a place of effort to a place of allowing.

Artists tell us to pay attention to the negative space surrounding a work of art. The blank place that is the matrix of manifestation brings forth the artistic creation. Rest also takes place in this same space. Our lives cry out for the comfort that waits alongside the seeds of creation.

If we fill our lives to the brim with activity, it is like packing for a vacation and leaving no space to bring home any treasures from our trip. Our life becomes clogged when we tend to overdo. We set the stage for calamity instead of serendipity.

Inevitably the yearning for space to open to the force of creativity, our literal life blood, will burst through with a vengeance. Overwhelming emotions rise up to be heard. Perhaps we fall ill or become prey to an accident. These are heavenly warnings that beg to be heeded. We must stop and rest or life will find a way to force us to.

Keep those promises to yourself and block out time for activities that nurture. Slow down to linger in the open innocence, the luscious silence, the sphere where great ideas germinate.

One must rest to enter the poignant place where miracles begin.

Savor the moment…..

Debra Mae

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Susan strickland September 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

You’re so right, Debra. If we don’t stop, life will find a way to force us. Love your blog, but can’t figure out why I’m still not receiving notice in my email.


Debra Mae White September 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Thanks for your comment Susan. Glad you told me you are not receiving the e-mail notices. I will check with my web guru to see what can be done to make certain you receive future posts. I am getting all of Devoni’s but I have not received any from your blog since the first post. The internet gremlins may be at it again…


Margaret Duarte September 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Well said, Debra. Love: “One must rest to enter the poignant place where miracles begin.”


Debra Mae White September 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Thanks Margaret. I count this among the many lessons we learned in Plug In.


Amy Isaman October 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Debra Mae,
How did I miss this blog? It’s lovely! I felt like you were speaking directly to me in your last post. Since school started, I’ve had no less than four migraines. My body is definitely telling me something, and I know what it is. I just haven’t quite figured out how to make it happen yet.


Debra Mae White October 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for your encouraging words Amy. Don’t tarry too long figuring out how to give yourself a break or life may find a way of doing that for you. They say we preach what we need to learn and I am a work in progress myself when it comes to taking time to rest.


Cabo October 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

People don’t understand why I travel so much but when life gets crazy travel slows me down. The second I get to the airport I walk slower observe more and most importantly shut off my phone and lap top. I have nothing to accomplish and I expect nothing but the moment. I loved your statement “it is like packing for a vacation and leaving no space to bring home any treasures from our trip” I watch how some people travel and I am so exhausted just observing. Trying to see and buy everything instead of letting the moment flow. Over packing their bags and their schedules. I would love to see you write something about permission to rest on vacation.


Debra Mae White October 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Thanks for the great suggestion Laurie. I appreciate you taking the time to read this post and provide feedback. I hope to be posting more on this topic soon.


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