Anyone who has travelled on trains in and around London will have heard the phrase “mind the gap”, possibly many times. This simple reminder, often repeated aims at safety and smooth service, as we are encouraged to take what is sometimes a little leap to reach the safety of the train or platform. It is a mantra to avoid the nothingness,the dangerous; to transition quickly.
There are gaps everywhere in life, most of which go unnoticed. But that is exactly where life takes place: We are told that matter is made up of to 99% space, the gap between the atoms. Yet this emptiness is what holds the atoms together, the energy that creates the molecular shape and thus the identity of the matter in question. On a bigger scale, we seemingly live and walk around in the gap between “heaven and earth” – the air, which even moves through us as we breathe and are nourished by it. What is more in our air-habitat we are also constantly permeated and/or influenced by energies, whether as tangible forces such as gravity or the heat and cold of the weather, or the more subliminal vibrations of emotions. On an even bigger scale, we are back to 99% space as we look to the universe of stars and planets , where the same basic energetic structures hold the cosmos in motion.
There is a lot going on in this gap, this intangible space, to enable life to even exist. Should we just mind it, jump over it, and be on our way, or rather be mindful of it and recognise this place of nothing to hold everything? We tend to ignore gaps in life and ascribe them to lost time or even boredom: waiting at the doctor’s office or at the checkout in the store, travelling or sitting in traffic jams and so on. The more we feel we are waiting for life to start or pick up speed again, the more weighty it gets. Yet if we are mindful of these gaps, we can enjoy these moments and even learn in them as we observe the world around us. If our life is filled with space that offers us the energy to be alive, why should this not be different in the spaces created in the daily routine of life?
In mindfulness meditation, the practitioner hones in on the gaps between thoughts, emotions, sensations and so forth. In so doing the infinitesimal gap between past and future is discovered, the present. This awareness, enables that gap to grow, enabling us to see how much the present holds, as we become mindful of the gap. We go from “mind the gap”-skipping over it, to “mind the gap”-going into it. Of course, the two should not be confused: neither should we jump into the gap between train and platform, nor should we ignore what the present has to offer – the space and energy that creates our world or the gaps in life giving us a chance to breathe, reflect and observe.
A traveller on the public transport of London, can really take this mantra to heart, as he travels from station to station. Is this not the perfect time to sit mindfully and reflect on life both around and within you? Yet as a traveller in life no matter where you are, it is just as easy to remind ourselves to marvel at the space around us and what it offers us on so many levels. Of which gap are you mindful right now? Which gap could offer you the next great idea or breakthrough? And which gap is best to be avoided so you do not stumble, whether physically, mentally or spiritually?
About the Author
Hilde Pols combines her music training with her energy work: As a flute and ensemble teacher she developed many techniques to encourage creativity and a sense of the own body, mind and soul. As a Certified Meditation Instructor, Spiritual Healer and Medium, and Dorn/Breuss Therapist she supports individuals to take life into their own hands. “From spirit, through spirit, to spirit” has become her motto, whether she is providing music, healing or inspiration. Providing healing and other modalities at http://inkaleidoskop-engl.weebly.com/ in Germany, she has also taught in Denmark and the US.
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