“Space is that place where birth happens — the birth of ideas, thought, creativity. Always remember that, for when you squeeze out the space from your life, your life will lose its meaning.”
The guru had been taught that upon entering the monastery at three years old.
Many years later, he sits at the entrance to his cave, meditating. The sound of the wind as it wanders through the trees is soft and soothing. There is a 100-foot plunge into the forest floor not a foot from his crossed legs.
His cave is sparsely furnished: A small fire, a pile of twigs, and some freshly picked berries and plants at one end, and a light blanket over a stone at the other.
“The space between words is where the story lives,” he says. “The space between breaths is where your writing muse lives. The space created by the quiet is where peace and forgiveness live.”
“You know that feeling when someone asks you what you’re thinking and you say ‘nothing…'” he asks? “…when you really do mean ‘nothing’ because you’ve been staring into space with no particular thought in your mind? That’s your sign that your inner mind is alive within you. The more times you make space in your brain for your inner mind, the more times the noise that constantly bounces around your head will disappear — that’s the noise of jealousy, cravings and bitterness.”
“Your creative mind is a child within you,” he continues. “It’s waiting to be uncovered, it’s not something to be searched for. Give your creative mind an idea and then let the idea go. Let the child figure out what to do with it while you just worry about keeping the child safe and at peace.”
“Your child will give your stories substance, but also space, inviting the reader’s imagination to become part of the storytelling.”
He closed his eyes, smiling. Our session was done.
Thank you, Laura Gabrielle Feasey of Literary Lion where today we’re challenged to write a piece of 400 words or less based upon the word space. Remember to pingback to this page and to include the tag ‘literary lion’ so we can find you in the WordPress reader.