One of my New Year's goals is to incorporate what I'm calling "sacred spaces" into my everyday life. Even as I was writing it down, I realized this will be difficult for me. It's like another of my perennial goals: "practice piano more regularly." I want to do it and I mean to do it. But, all too frequently, I donâ€™t get around to it. On my days off, I regularly find all kinds of activities calling for my attention (wipe off the kitchen counters; re-arrange the shoes in my closet). At the day's end, I discover (to my surprise!) that I don't have time left to practice piano.
O.K., I admit that I love to "drift" about the house on my days off, with nothing significant that I must do. The quite intelligent and natural solution for this is, of course, to schedule those activities that always seem to fall from consciousness. The problem with this intelligent solution is â€“ emotionally, I associate schedules with lost opportunities to be free and unencumbered. If you are familiar with the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory, my preferences are for spontaneity. Julie Andrews reportedly said she likes discipline and that by embracing it, she has more freedom! Iâ€™ve pondered this statement numerous times since I read it. My first response was negative -"Well, good for her!"