Celebrating Spaciousness on Land

Thank you for choosing to share energy in this space! 

When I allow movement to create new and different within my life,

I am embracing my Heart Truth and allowing Faith to guide each step. 

Among the many very recent changes in my life, the children and I just yesterday moved off of our boat and onto land.  Having been on the boat together for five years, this is a step into complete unknown for me.  Honestly, there are simple things about living on land that I haven’t had to deal with while living on the boat, and as they surface I am left in wonder at how different life on land truly is.  For instance, when I would enter and exit the boat, I would leave the hatch fully open to allow for natural light and air circulation..but as I enter and exit this land based dwelling I find I cannot just leave my front and back doors open (for reasons obvious to most, but for me requires lots of reminding).  I can choose to feel overwhelmed by newness, or I can open my heart past what I know, and to embrace this experience fully.

My children provided the answer: they immediately began to revel in this new space; literally dancing and laughing and stretching as far as possible.   Delighted with the potential they could Feel, not thinking about anything other than the happiness they felt at moving in such a fun way.    This concept of spaciousness is quite new to me and opens up an entire new world; for example, not only may my physical self enjoy practicing yoga in my own living space (not feasible on the boat), my creative self may have an easel with a canvas, my culinary self has a full kitchen to enjoy, my quiet self has all of the books and writing utensils that the shelves may hold, and my social self has a lot of new neighbors to meet and connect with.  As I continue to embrace movement, I realize that my Awareness may expand as I experiment with spaciousness. 

As I share with you today, I also recognize that the concept of spaciousness is based upon perspective.  We moved from a 40ft sailboat into a studio apartment, which is enormous to my little family; what we are celebrating as huge may be the size of your living room:) I think physical space is what you allow it to be: our way of life in such a small living space has provided a depth and richness that no amount of money can buy; yet already on this first day on land, there is a freedom that “more space” provides for each of us to experiment with as we create.  This new appreciation of physical space is one example of how quickly Universe swoops in to meet me when I step out. 

What I left behind in yesterday is far more than I can comprehend or express in words here.  By day’s end, I was emotionally spent and physically exhausted..yet extremely ‘proud’ that despite obstacles I chose to step forward in faith.  To move required that I leave behind my physical boat and all that she represents to me, Magic Moonbeam pup whom I love with my being, clutter that had accumulated in our living space for five years, connections that had grown stale, fears and doubts that rendered me quite stuck for a bit.  There were moments I had the thought that I would rather be uncomfortable trying to squeeze myself and my family into a space that we had outgrown (in all realms) about one year ago, yet remained in…then to allow for this radical transformation that would require a sweeping release and a firm, bold step into the land of unknown.  When people and material possessions and “stuff” became a solid barrier to flow–a barrier I could not ignore and abundance could not penetrate–I chose to listen to my heart truth and allow movement to usher in this magnificently new experience on land.   

As I create, I use many tools, the most significant to me remains the ability to open my heart to the moment as it is presented to me and the appreciation of all that is magical in that moment.    Tapping into that, I woke this morning–my first day on land–full of excitement and joy and renewed creative energy.  I am reminded that as humans we tend to think of movement as one step: one shelter to another, one relationship to the next, one stretch..then we often allow something to curtail that movement: we become comfortable or we tire or “cap out”.  I may choose to be “rooted”..but my roots are faith, gratitude, and love; because I am completely fluid in energy, my rootedness allows me to soar.    From my heart to yours: may you allow your heart to lead, and your steps to move you beyond what you “think” is possible. 

When you choose to open your heart to the moment as it is presented to you, you are choosing to live in love.

Love is simplicity at its best.

Love magnifies beauty.

Love expands into the space it is given.

Love inspires and uplifts and strengthens.

Love heals.

Love reminds you of what you know to be true.

Love reflects to you the most perfect version you are willing to see.

Love is boundary free.

Everything is possible, when you Allow it to be.

May you open your heart to love…

And may you live this love every day.

Much peace,

Joy

Reminder: Explore.  Experiment.  Experience.

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  1. #1 by Angela Artemis/Poweredbyintuition on November 10, 2011 - 11:26 pm

    Joy
    You are so brave. I wish you the best in this bold move! I know there are some great opportunities to learn and grow that will come from this.
    All my best,
    Angela

    • #2 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on November 14, 2011 - 2:55 pm

      Angela,
      Thank you! I am open to experience World and all that is in it..which often requires that I open my heart past/through fear, to embrace what is presented.
      Now that I have been in my new space for a few days, I know with absolute certainty that this was the best move I have made in a very long time. There is lots of external to process, but internal is peace filled and ready to create!
      Your words and your sentiment touch my heart…thank you for your support and the inspiration you share through your work!

  2. #3 by Evelyn Lim on November 11, 2011 - 3:59 am

    I admire you for your courage. I wish you all the best going forward. It’s great that you are rooted in love, faith and gratitude and that by doing so, you give yourself the freedom to soar. Thank you for your inspiration!

    • #4 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on November 14, 2011 - 4:59 pm

      Evelyn,
      Thank you:) I feel such a sense of peace surrounding this move; while there is much external to process, I celebrate the freedom and ability to stand in faith and tap into flow to create new and different.
      Thank you for the beautiful affirmations you share through your work..inspires me to release limits and reach beyond what I “think” is possible to create what I know is possible.

  3. #5 by Rand on November 27, 2011 - 3:46 am

    “The door to the human heart can only be opened from the inside”. – Spanish Proverb

    This is the door you opened each day on the boat before all other doors of the day.

    This is the door your children learned to open from you.

    We who have taken the time to learn from you also open this door first before all other doors of the day.

    I am happy in my small home. I have God to thank for listening to my prayers and providing me with my abundant space.

    I am thankful to God for my loving daughters.

    I am blessed as you also are blessed to have the strength and peace to open this door under any roof.

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