Most spiritual people (and many people in general) recognize that we live in a society where there is a huge imbalance in the favor of materialism. Just look at the salary of a scientist versus a yoga teacher and you see what our society values. In our own personal life this imbalance in favor of the material creates stress, anxiety, dissatisfaction, divorce, depression and physical illness (and more).
This is because when we give all the power to the unstable, perpetually unsatisfied ego and the impermanence of all material things we set ourselves up for a lifetime of misery and dissatisfaction. We need to create a balance in our life between the reality of living in this material existence and the true nature of our limitless unformed Self. We need to create space for the formless to enter our lives. How do we create that balance in a material and ego addicted world?
Here are some of the practices and behaviors that I’ve found to create space for the formless aspect of my being:
- Listen more, talk less
- Practice minimalism – buy less, give things away
- Eat less – you don’t have to succumb to every craving
- Sleep more – sleep connects us to Source energy and creates space from doing and thinking
- Do things slower and don’t multitask
- Cultivate patience
- Practice non-attached action – do things for the sake of doing them not to achieve an end result
- Take time to make decisions
- Take naps
- Take vacations
- Listen to music
- Take walks or spend time in nature
- Eat slowly
- Take a warm bath
- Take breaks
- Do something creative
- Wake up early
These are just a few ways to create space and balance in your life. Truly any activity done in full conscious presence will create space. However, for me these activities allow me to find more balance in a busy, stressful material focused world. They allow me to create space and silence for my formless true nature to inhabit my life.
“Space and silence are two aspects of the same thing. The same no-thing. They are externalization of inner space and inner silence, which is stillness: the infinitely creative womb of all existence.”
― Eckhart Tolle,