Work Smart Wednesdays: Your Natural Space
Sessions with a Life Coach: Longing For Your Natural Space.
One of the best sessions I had with my Life Coach was when we discussed one’s ‘natural space.’ By this we mean the space in which you are yourself. An effortless space – and time – of being. It is so incredibly important to find that space and honor it. This is you. This is your space. Created just for you. You feel natural. You are using energy you thought was either gone or never had. But, again, it’s effortless. It’s actually a moment in time. When you’re in it – take note. This is where you belong. This is where you should explore. What’s making it your moment? You’re happy. You’re content. Identify what’s creating that moment (time, place, surroundings) and return often – if not always. It’s not a quick process for many. You have to sort of ‘build the space.’ Build it by recognizing what makes it.
Here’s how I know I’m in it:
It’s effortless. It’s my effortless place of being. I don’t feel as if I’m working, for example. I’m not drawing from my energy reserves.
I lose time. This is when you know it’s real. When is the last time you lost track of time? There’s a reason for that.
You see more. Next time you think to yourself “Wow, I’ve been here a thousand times and I’ve never noticed that before,” take note. Take note of your state of mind. Take note of your day. Something has allowed you to open up and see more.
You have a Smile on your face. Natural, unexpected. We can’t control our smiles. What’s making you smile?
How do you find it? Pay close attention. Take note of when you lose track of time. It’s the time when you say “I can’t believe it’s 4 o’clock.” That combined with your effortlessness during that time should be a big signal for you. When are you unexpectedly smiling? When do you stop and notice things – although you’ve been there many times before. All these could happen at many different times, many different places.
I’ve identified a space for me is when I’m creating in the kitchen. I’ve seen it happen. I’ll be cooking with my little ones and I’ll notice a freckle I’ve never noticed before on my little girl’s face. Or, we’ll have that same pancake that we’ve had many times before, but that time, it taste better. For me, I know my space includes time creating in the kitchen, cooking for, and with, my family. Again, it’s not necessarily a physical space. It’s a moment in time.
Enjoy your space.