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Time and space


I’ve been slowly reading A Year to Live by Stephen Levine.

In it he is describing his journey of really looking at his life as if he only had one year to live. In it he offers many poignant insights into the experiences of people he has personally worked with in the dying process. I’m reading it along with a lovely group of women and we talk a bit about what shifts we have in our perceptions of our daily lives as we read along.

The most interesting bubble up for me has been how I often perceive myself at “war” with time. I want more or want to do more activities in a fixed length of a day. So as I’ve been reading just the first 40 pages or so I keep finding myself doing less. Just being with my sensations and even feeling fine as I accomplish less. I’ve been wondering when I will start feeling guilty for stretching out on the couch a few hours each week and watching my son play or even indulging in solitaire. Often I just contemplate  my current state of mind and body.  So far all the things that must be done are getting done and I’m definitely less often in a stress mode of action. I have had more positive interactions with my family and have been staying well fed and hydrated.

The concept of what would  I let go of if I only had one year to live has been pervading many of my contemplative moments. Needless to say I’m disposing of quite a few things that no longer bring me joy and get in the way of me enjoying other aspects of my life. As  my space is clearing, time seems be more of a friend and as I let go of controlling time, I seem to find more internal space. So as I read along further I hope to share more insights I receive with you. In the meantime if you are curious I can highly recommend this book as a clear, concise and profoundly loving way to review how we live our lives.

Author: Cynthia Allred

I'm a Zero Balancing Faculty member and practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist Graduate of Crestone Healing Arts Center. My bodywork is done through the lens of Zero Balancing -connecting to the innate capacity of the body to release tension and unhelpful patterns and build back the natural fluidity and resilience that allows us to move forward to our full potential. Helping people connect with their inner resources is my passion and joy. My practice serves young children through elders.

2 thoughts on “Time and space

  1. Loved your post, sounds like a great book. Glad to hear it is slowing you down. Children grow so fast it was endearing thinking of you taking a break and just watching your son play. I think of you often and cherish the window of time we had together in Texas. I am about to leave and go down south to see Deb, Ken and Kevin and of course their spouses for the first time since our Texas visit. I was suppose to be going down for a class but cancelled it and will attend it in April up in Olympia, WA vs. southern CA. much better venue for me and gives me a little more prep time. Since I had already scheduled the time off I thought it might be my only opportunity to see the family. Wish you were closer would love to see you too! It was fun to hear about a little window in your life. Thanks for sharing. with much love, Dena


  2. Cindy ­ very timely for me ­ an important reminder, thank you. I read that book in a cabin in New Hampshire (escaping the many biting insects outside) one summer a long time ago. I have it, I am going to find it and lookout it again.

    Xo Cindi Cindi Pridgen

    Executive Director Zero Balancing Health Association http://www.zerobalancing.com ph 410 381 8956 fax 410 381 9634


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