Mind the gap!
What does that mean to you?
I have been thinking about the gap, that space between one phase and another.
A place to fall or a place to float?
Actors call it ‘resting’ or ‘taking time out.’
From an Alexander Technique perspective that is constructive, but often the space between things, the gap, is an uncomfortable place for folk.
‘Mind the gap!’ The announcer says as you board the train about to embark on your journey to your next destination, the next commitment.
‘Mind the gap!’ In other words don’t fall into the space between where you are and where you want to go – stretch your self a little and take a purposeful step forward and up and onto the train, into the flow of your next direction. Be aware there is a space that you can fall into and it can hurt.
Mind the gap …
Think about the space between things …
The space between you and another, you and the environment, your thoughts and your movement …
(In horsemanship it is called the float. Floating in water aka Art of Swimming reveals the space in amazing ways too.)
There is a big gap above your head, the big up, the up that is up there, the up that takes us up, the space that supports us and eases us … Do you mind that gap?
There is magic there!
Folk often fall into the gap when something finishes.
One thing ends another has not started, a gap, OMG what am I going to do next? Scary Mary!
Suddenly there is no distraction, no other to bounce off. What is left is Me!
Oh! Now what?
Oh, I am not happy ..
Oh, I don’t like this …
Oh, this is boring …
Oh, um I have nothing to do ..
I am lonely …
The gap is vulnerable and about vulnerability.
I believe consciously allowing the gap transforms vulnerability to strength …
It is anatomical
It is Alexander Technique
It is art
It is perhaps The Art!
My musician friend and I talked about the gap as the space between the in breath and the out breath
The moment of nothing
Conscious intention … Breathe …Flow
One creative project finishes another has not started. Mind the gap. A breather. You have given out, pause, it will flow in again.
My spiritual healer friend talked about the gap as meaning
Remember to Ground And Protect
Translated thus – Remember (mind – air) to ground (earth) and protect (fire and water).
Remember earth, air fire and water.
Mind the gap – good plan for planet earth methinks!
Look after you and the earth! It is the only thing to do.
Be in your element in the elements.
Do you mind the gap daily – the space between the ground and the top of your head, do you mind where you are in space so you don’t just get pulled down into the gap, the slump?
Do you regularly take moments to just be in the nothing, a dot in the void expanding.
As an artist minding the gap is to be aware of the space between me and the canvas ..
Between the intention and the artwork …
Between the idea and the blog …
An unknown series of events flowing when I commit to the journey unfolding …
Good, surprising, exhilarating, disastrous …Who knows?
Commit and find out … allowing a gap, space in your life to create, the paintbrush taking you forward …
The gap is the space between you and me aka the relationship, the us.
Do we need someone else to fill the gap or can we allow space?
What is happening in the gap? Is it a sweet spot or toxic?
How do we bridge the gap individually, at one, our awareness keen to the known and the unknown?
There are always pitfalls … face the fear and jump … let go and let god … let go and let good …. the sayings are many.
Letting go in semi supine, consciously resting, allowing bridges of consciousness to build is profound.
Stopping this way lets magical amazing planet earth help us find psycho – physical unity, our unique at oneness.
So, your intuition is saying, mind the gap, and you don’t!?
Falling into the gap can be disastrous and painful.
We can have an expectation that someone else is going to support us, love us, stop us falling through the gap, and they let us down, intentionally so sometimes.
We thought that we were on the same train and they railroad us.
Our expectation and reality did not match. There is a gap.
The man falls into a hole story comes to mind. We will fall into the same hole more than once.
We learn eventually to make another choice.
And if it is disastrous and hurts, then definitely mind the gap. Ground and protect. Semi supine and recalibrate. Breathe. Create lush space for you, no invaders. Don’t fall deeper into the hole with thoughts like ‘I am not good enough, worthy enough, talented enough, likeable enough, no one cares anyway …’
Planet Earth supports us if we let it! The gap closes. Time heals. Stopping is wonderful. Wait a while on the platform another train will come along. This time you have more awareness.
The gap then becomes a positive resting place between the action.
A place to look after ourselves.
A gap year, a gap second …. a gap 20 minutes?
Mind the gap, a conscious constructive pause in which to think, intend, move forward, direct your thinking, ease into the space all around ….
Time to chose, time to change.
Time to say No for a while to all that chatter ‘n’ stuff.
You can’t change and stay the same.
So you consciously Mind the Gap instead.
The gap can be an uncomfortable place mentally and physically. Not just falling into the gap – trust is required to jump over the gap onto the train and into the new journey and trust is also required to find the way into our inner glorious space radiating too.
Our space on this fine earth is a vulnerable place, but it is also a magical space.
We fill our space with so much stuffy stuff maybe because we don’t want to feel the space, be in the unknown, listen to the mysterious, feel the enormity, so stuff feels better than the gap. Chatty chatty busy busy human doings bumping into each other and falling into holes all over the place. Not just being OK right here right now. Resting in respect and awe.
Ease the Day more regularly … a practise for life. It’s body magic.
A bit of time out to learn to fall onto the ground consciously …aha, softer landings.
Falling and floating.
Easing out in our own amazing body magical and enjoy finding and filling the gaps and spaces so that when tricky sticky life circumstances, verbal attacks, harsh words, unmet expectations arrive, which they will, our innate balance and understanding of ease stops us tripping and frightened, falling quite so painfully into the gap.
Transformation is available – recalibrate and mind the gap …with conscious light, illuminating magic.
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