Yesterday while I was stuck in traffic I was listening to Katie Couric talking about how people get in trouble during an interview....she said that when she stays quiet after she asks a question, most people are so afraid of empty air - of open space - of the "dreaded pause" that they will keep talking and end up saying things they wouldn't ordinarily say, and that's how they get in to trouble. Interesting, right?! I've been thinking a lot about empty space - empty mind space - and our society's dedication to filling that space. Tiny screens that play snippets of shows on gas pumps and grocery check out stations, people sitting at tables in restaurants with phones in hand, waiting for their food, parents giving tablets to their children to keep them busy..... is that empty space so scary? Me? I love it. It's my dreaming time. It's silentobserverfreeformconnectthedotsopentotheDivine time. And I think we need it. I think we get in trouble when we have to fill it all the time, not when we leave the open space. I think we need more of it than just meditating in the morning. I think we need to connect to that wild child imagination place. I think we need to let our mind get bored and then let it find a way out of the boredom, and the best way I know how to do that is to allow a space to be there. So here's a crazy question.....what happens to you when you are all alone and you don't have your phone or your tablet or your computer in your hands? Do you panic? Can you let your mind run free? What would happen if you actually planned for a little of that space to happen on purpose today? And tomorrow? And the next day? (I know what you're thinking.....Oh, that Shaelynn, plotting a revolution....and you may be right) Really, what would happen? Wanna find out? As Dr. Seuss used to say, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” What would happen if you steered your focus inward, gave yourself a chance to free-form...... who knows what would be revealed?
This might be the quietest, simplest, most powerful revolution ever.... Doncha know it's gonna be......alright.....alright.....alright