This picture is from a corner of my great room. I’ve been in a quandary since I realized I have a new cat who hasn’t experienced Christmas at our house, yet. She’s a sweetheart, but a different cat personality than we’ve ever had. She climbs; she’s not motivated by food; she gets into my yarn and bites the strands in half when I’m knitting. Hence the need for a Christmas tree strategy.
Since we’ve lived in this house, we have placed the tree in front of the big window, and at night, it is a spectacular sight. But this year we are going to put it in this corner. It seems safer and won’t destroy the TV, if it should come down for any reason. Previously the space is the home of a houseplant – a houseplant that became a tree…I’m a bit of a green thumb, and sometimes my plants thrive quite well.
After moving the plant to a temporary spot, I was immediately struck by this new open space.
The plant blocked all the wonderful light! A sense of lifting came over me…maybe, freedom? I began to delight in the airiness of this space.
Today my yoga teacher put us into a variety of ‘opening’ positions. She said, “As we open up our bodies, space is created, and this space allows for freedom.”
Isn’t that true of our spiritual journey? When we open ourselves to God, a space is created. A space of freedom. Freedom to love without fear. Freedom to serve without expectation. Freedom to believe without repercussion. Freedom to stop striving and embrace peace. There is light in this place, an airiness, and breathing room.
We can fill this space with many things, even very good things, but soon we long for the Light that we found in the open space. We long for the freedom we found in the Light.
I’m trying to figure out where that plant could go when Christmas is over. I’ve found I really like the light, and the open space that was created.