I bent down to pick up this feather and in that second I realized that whenever anything is lost, it is also found.
You are always the loser and the finder.
When you lose something, you find space. When you find something, you lose space.
And so the question isn't what have you lost or what have you found, but what now occupies your Space?
Space is, by its very nature, Empty.
It would be easy to say that losing something creates emptiness and finding something fills emptiness, but that is not True. Losing something can create fullness and finding something can create a vast and seemingly endless void.
So, it's never really the thing that you've lost or found, it's your attachment to it and by that I mean the permission you grant that person, place or thing to affect the way you Feel.
This whole human existence thing we're doing? It is all about the Feels.
You want to feel alive. You want to feel full. You want to feel joy. You want to feel peace.
No one ever says, I want to feel grief. I want to experience the depth of hostility. I want to know heart-thumping fear.
And when those less desirable feelings inevitably arise in your living, breathing, feeling humanness, you respond by grasping for a Space that feels, well, better.
That is a very good plan.
When you shift your attention to what feels better you most certainly are guaranteed to find it as soon as you are willing to let go of the attachment that you have to the thing that made you feel (or is making you feel) worse.
Oh, yes, that's a huge caveat, you MUST let go of the attachment. Even though your Mind is telling you that it's good for you. In fact, when your Mind starts that I-swear-this-is-good-for-you-pinky-promise-bullshit that is a clear indication that it is time to let go. Even the most desperate Heart holds its shit together and waits for you with Dignity intact.
When those less desirable feelings arise, they are a crystal-clear indication that you are attached to something that is not serving you. It can be a person, place, thing, belief or notion. And so the first question to ask yourself is why is this attachment making me feel this way? Why am I allowing it to occupy my space? What do I need to lose to find better Space? How can I rest easy with Space that is Empty (meaning, free of attachments)?
The Space is the Gift. Empty is the goal. Because only when you are Empty, will you realize how Full the Space always is. There is no longing there. There is no grasping. There is nothing other than the Space of inconceivable potential. And it's all yours.
What is one attachment you can release today to create more space in your life right now?