Spaciousness (quotes)


Space pervades your being


Space is everywhere…

  • Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. Democritus
  • For nearly one hundred years we have known that the material world is an illusion. Everything that seems solid – a rock, a tree, your body – is actually 99.999% empty space. Deepak Chopra
  • What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space. Erwin Schrodinger
  • To give you an idea of how vast the space is between celestial bodies, consider this: Light traveling at a constant speed of 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second takes just over one second to travel between the earth and the moon; light from the sun takes about eight minutes to reach the earth. Light from our nearest neighbor in space, a star called Proxima Centauri, which is the sun that is closest to our own sun, travels for 4.5 years before it reaches the earth. This is how vast the space is that surrounds us. And then there is the intergalactic space, whose vastness defies all comprehension. Light from the galaxy closest to our own, the Andromeda Galaxy, takes 2.4 million years to reach us. Isn’t it amazing that your body is just as spacious as the universe? Eckhart Tolle 
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… and pervades your very being

  • The Divine is present in everyone, in all beings, in everything. Like space it is everywhere, all pervading, all powerful, all knowing. The Divine is the principle of Life, the inner light of consciousness, and pure bliss. It is our very own Self.  Amma
  • The same undivided and indivisible space is outside and inside of a thousand pots. Likewise the Self pervades all beings. Yogavasistha Maharamayana
  • We are finite, in that we are a product and source of the infinite. Ilyas Kassam
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Discover your inner space


Discover your vast inner space…

  • Before man can explore outer space he should first learn to explore the Inner Space of his mind. Merlin Fraser
  • Go inwards. Find your inner space, and suddenly, you will find an explosion of light, of beauty, of ecstasy – as if suddenly thousands of roses have blossomed within you and you are full of their fragrance. Osho
  • The greatest miracle is this: That stillness and vastness that enables the universe to be is not just out there in space — it is also within you. Eckhart Tolle
  • When you go into the space of nothingness, everything becomes known. Buddha
  • The ego tells you to fill space. Your spirit tells you to let space fill you. Alan Cohen
  • Healthy mysticism praises acts of letting go, of being emptied, of getting in touch with the space inside and expanding this until it merges with the space outside. Space meeting space; empty pouring into empty.  Births happen from that encounter with emptiness, nothingness. . . . Let us not fight emptiness and nothingness, but allow it to penetrate us even as we penetrate it.  Matthew Fox
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… and find and replenish yourself there

  • Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again. Joseph Campbell
  • When you rest in quietness and your image of yourself fades, and your image of the world fades, and your ideas of others fade, what’s left? A brightness, a radiant emptiness that is simply what you are. Adyashanti
  • Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe. Silence is not an absence but a presence. Not an emptiness but repletion A filling up. Anne Leclaire
  • Rest and renewal

Allow your inner space to expand outwards

  • When we engage in the practice of discovering space, we should develop the feeling of opening ourselves out completely to the entire universe. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  • Expansion is life, contraction is death. Swami Vivekananda

Discover your inner space through stillness and meditation

  • The purpose of meditation is discovering inner space and realising you are it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Meditation is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self- deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes. Pema Chodron
  • Not going anywhere is meditation, just being where you are; there is no other “where” – just being there where you are, just occupying only that space where you are. Osho
  • Make peace with silence, and remind yourself that it is in this space that you’ll come to remember your spirit. When you’re able to transcend an aversion to silence, you’ll also transcend many other miseries. And it is in this silence that the remembrance of God will be activated. Wayne Dyer
  • Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space. Eckhart Tolle
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Heaven itself is a spaciousness in consciousness

  • Whether heaven or hell or a world of admixture, it is all a state of mind, a condition of consciousness- being. The kingdom of heaven is not a place, but a spaciousness in consciousness, just as hell is a severe confinement and limitation upon consciousness. There are worlds within worlds and worlds beyond, heavens and hells and spaces in between. All are an expression of consciousness-being, which is the radiant nature of consciousness, and all exist within consciousness. Tau Malachi
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Be an aware space


Be the space in which your thoughts and emotions come and go…

  • What is the relationship between awareness and thinking? Awareness is the space in which thoughts exist when that space has become conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • If thought doesn’t take you over, you become the space in which it comes and goes.  Eckhart Tolle
  • Attention to a thought or emotion creates space around it. Eckhart Tolle
  • You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather. Pema Chodron
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… and find priceless treasure in the space between your thoughts

  • In the space between your thoughts, there is your truth. Reuben Lowe
  • If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts. Alan Cohen
  • The treasure within

Realise the power that lies in the space between stimulus and response

  • Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness. Stephen Covey
  • Between stimulus and response there’s a space, in that space lies our power to choose our response, in our response lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor Frankl

How to create inner space


Create inner space through awareness in the now

  • Here is another way of finding inner space: Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think ‘I Am’ and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the I Am. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness… Eckhart Tolle
  • Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Eckhart Tolle
  • As much as possible in everyday life, use awareness of the inner body to create space. When waiting, when listening to someone, when pausing to look at the sky, a tree, a flower, your partner, or child, feel the aliveness within at the same time. Eckhart Tolle
  • Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don’t judge them. Listen to the silence underneath the sounds. Touch something – anything – and feel and acknowledge its Being. Observe the rhythm of your breathing; feel the air flowing in and out, feel the life energy inside your body. Allow everything to be, within and without. Allow the “isness” of all things. Move deeply into the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • The eternal present is the space within which your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be. Eckhart Tolle
  • Formal meditation, however, is no substitute for bringing space consciousness into everyday life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Each place is the right place–the place where I now am can be a sacred space. Ravi Ravindra
  • There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened. Charles Baudelaire
  • When we pay attention, whatever we are doing…is transformed and becomes a part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before’ everyday life becomes clearer, sharper, and at the same time more spacious. Rick Fields
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Create inner space through calmness and equanimity

  • The spacious mind-heart of equanimity leaves room for all the difficulties and attractions of life, for everything wanted and unwanted. Within the warmth of this vast inner space, equanimity permits us to live freely, allowing everything to have its place without having us, without taking us. Joseph Naft
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Create inner space through forgiveness

  • As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind. Isabelle Holland
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Create inner space through letting go of judgements

  • Judging is preventing us from understanding a new truth. Free yourself from the rules of old judgments and create the space for new understanding. Steve Maraboli
  • The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace. Eckhart Tolle
  • Let go of the need to judge

Create inner space around pain, fear unhappiness through awareness, acceptance and humour

  • Let there be space around your unhappiness. That space comes when there is inner acceptance of whatever you are experiencing in the present moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Watch the fear as an energy inside you. Welcome it. Be friends with it. Really feel and observe it. Give it space. The more you allow it, the more it will release and become transmuted. Eckhart Tolle
  • Humor does not diminish the pain – it makes the space around it get bigger. Allen Klein
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Create space through letting be

  • Equanimity is a spacious stillness of mind, within which we can remain connected to others and all that happens around us, while remaining free of our conditioned habit of grasping at the pleasant and pushing away the unpleasant. Sharon Salzberg
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Create space by realising the impermanence of all phenomena

  • In the death of every flower, tree, animal, and person, there is the possibility of seeing that your true identity cannot be found in temporary forms. Forms are impermanent. You may naturally grieve when a form dies. But the death of every form is revealing the vast spaciousness from which the form appeared. That spaciousness becomes apparent again and again in the death of each form. Eckhart Tolle
  • Nothing in this world of form matters absolutely. Every form is destined to dissolve.  All forms eventually collapse.  By all means grieve when they do, but let there be spaciousness beneath your weeping.  Losing forms makes the eternal, deathless, formless, timeless dimension of who we are shine all the more, bringing great peace.  Eckhart Tolle 
  • People tend to be uncomfortable with endings, because every ending is a little death. If you can learn to accept and even welcome the endings in your life, you may find that the feeling of emptiness that initially felt uncomfortable turns into a sense of inner spaciousness that is deeply peaceful. By learning to die daily in this way, you open yourself to life. Eckhart Tolle 
  • ImpermanenceLife is fleeting

Create space through non-resistance

  • Non-resistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe. Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the is- ness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer. Through allowing, you become what you are: vast, spacious. Consciousness (spirit) is freed from its imprisonment in form. Eckhart Tolle
  • Through allowing, you become what you are; vast, spacious. You become whole. You are not a fragment anymore, which is how the ego perceives itself. Your true nature emerges, which is one with the nature of God. Eckhart Tolle
  • Non-resistance

Make space for …


Make space for joy and gratitude

  • When you follow your bliss you live in a constant space of joy. You open yourself to the abundance of the Universe. Lisa Nichols
  • I live in the space of thankfulness – and I have been rewarded a million times over for it. Oprah Winfrey
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Make space for intuition and inner guidance

  • You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind. Anne Lamott
  • Your soul – that inner quiet space – is yours to consult. It will always guide you in the right direction. Wayne Dyer
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Make space for your thoughts

  • Dedication involves making the space to let young ideas take hold; every tree was once a seed and every company was once an idea. Zephyr Bloch-Jorgensen
  • For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly. Kahlil Gibran
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Make space for your emotions

  • If a form collapses through death or loss and you accept it, then there is peace and spaciousness beneath your weeping. Eckhart Tolle
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Make space for what is important and what you love

  • Simplifying isn’t meant to leave your life empty – it’s meant to leave space in your life for what you really want to do. Know what those things are before you start simplifying. Leo Babauta
  • Clearing distractions is simple: turn everything off and get it out of sight so you have the space to focus on what’s important. Leo Babauta
  • Really think hard about how you can eliminate the non-essential things in your life. Work on this over time, and create the space in your life that you need for the things you love. Leo Babauta
  • In order to pick something up, you’ve got to put something down. Todd Stocker
  • Do what you lovePut first things first

Make space for personal transformation and growth

  • You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter. Eckhart Tolle
  • Compassionate self-awareness leads to change; harsh self- criticism only holds the pattern in place, creating a stubborn and defensive Basic Self. Be gentle with yourself as you would with a child. Be gentle but firm. Give yourself the space to grow. But remember that the timing is in god’s hands, not yours. Dan Millman
  • Nothing ever happens in your life unless you create the space for it to happen in. James McCay
  • You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow! Og Mandino
  • In a world crowded by information, we need to find space for the soul to grow. Ilia Delio
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Make space for humour and light-heartedness

  • Just below the surface of consciousness, there lurks…a subterranean giggle. Nurture it, give it its space, and it will be fruitful and multiply and cheer your days and warm your nights. Cynthia Heimel
  • Humor does not diminish the pain – it makes the space around it get bigger. Allen Klein
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Make space for your dreams

  • Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so. Belva Davis
  • Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. Anaïs Nin
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Make space for creativity

  • What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit. John Updike
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Make space for new ideas and points of view

  • A mind that’s open and spacious can absorb lots of useful information. On the other hand, a mind that’s already full—of assumptions, beliefs about the intentions of others, preconceived ideas—misses important details or contexts, jumps to conclusions, and has a hard time learning anything new. Rick Hanson
  • I have one major rule: everybody is right. More specifically, everybody – including me – has some important pieces of the truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace. Ken Wilber
  • Explore new ideas and perspectivesOpen-mindedness

Make space for surprise

  • I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to- come surprises. Elizabeth Gilbert
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Make space for right-action

  • Then, if action is possible or necessary, you take action or rather right action happens through you. Right action is action that is appropriate to the whole.  When the action is accomplished, the alert, spacious stillness remains.  Eckhart Tolle
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Make physical space in your life by decluttering

  • Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep. Le Corbusier
  • I let go of all I no longer love, need, or use. I adore space. Cheryl Richardson
  • Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter. D.H. Mondfleur
  • As I unclutter my life, I free myself to answer the callings of my soul. Wayne Dyer
  • Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means to coagulate – and that’s about as stuck as you can get. Karen Kingston
  • Clutter is a physical manifestation of fear that cripples our ability to grow. G. Chissell
  • The next time you decide to unclutter your life and clean up your space, start with the things that are truly useless: Like regrets, shame, and anger.  Sandra Kring
  • As the house is cleaned, so the mind can be cleaned. As you enjoy a clean house, you will enjoy a clean and uncluttered mind. Remez Sasson
  • I’ve been getting rid of some clutter — anything that doesn’t serve a positive purpose in my life — and making room for things that feel happy to me. Because I get to make my life whatever I want it to be. I get to make the room feel however I want it to feel. I get to make the closet as full or as spacious as I want it. And, if I have more clutter to get rid of after Christmas, I’m not going to wait a year, or two or three to do it. Jan Denise
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Make space for love and compassion

  • When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. Pema Chodron
  • Compassion needs space because love needs a place of unimpeded encounter between grace and nature. In a world crowded by information, we need to find space for the soul to grow. Ilia Delio
  • When we are in a truly loving relationship, we receive the gift of being known and accepted. We become more, not less, of who we are. We receive the space in which to bloom. This is how we know we are in a loving relationship. We are blooming, and the one we love is blooming as well. Brenda Shoshanna
  • My heart feels so narrow in the wide space of love; because wherever it is, I feel, you’re always there, filling its space and sides.  Aditia Rinaldi
  • The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains. Napoleon Bonaparte
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Make space for paradox and confusion

  • Enlightened space, the place of unconditional love, cannot be achieved until and unless one is willing to be comfortable with paradox and confusion. Ralph Walker
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Make space for possibility

  • Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities. D. T. Suzuki
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Allow solitude to create space

  • Solitude is becoming one with the space around you. It is a condition of union. loneliness is small, solitude is large.
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Allow loss to make space for something new

  • Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. Eckhart Tolle
  • Everything you lose gives you a little more space for something new. Ashleigh Brilliant

Be a space for others


Be a loving space for others…

  • If you do not love yourself, how can you find the space to love others? Dan Millman
  • Perhaps God is in the space between people as they try to connect. Before Sunrise
  • Let there be spaces in your togetherness. Kahlil Gibran
  • Listening is a very deep practice. You have to empty yourself. You have to leave space in order to listen….especially to people we think are our enemies – the ones we believe are making our situation worse. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. Max De Pree
  • In all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other. Carl Sagan
  • Memories aren’t stored in the heart or the head or even the soul, if you ask me, but in the spaces between any given two people. Jodi Picoult
  • Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines. Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • The more space and emptiness you can create in yourself, then you can let the rest of the world come in and fill you up. Jeff Bridges
  • Most human interactions are confined to the exchange of words — the realm of thought. It is essential to bring some stillness, particularly into your close relationships. No relationship can thrive without the sense of spaciousness that comes with stillness. Meditate or spend silent time in nature together. When going for a walk or sitting in the car or at home, become comfortable with being in stillness together. Stillness cannot and need not be created. Just be receptive to the stillness that is already there, but is usually obscured by mental noise. If spacious stillness is missing, the relationship will be dominated by the mind and can easily be taken over by problems and conflict. If stillness is there, it can contain anything. Eckhart Tolle
  • Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. Henry David Thoreau
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… especially in your relationship with your beloved

  • When we are in a truly loving relationship, we receive the gift of being known and accepted. We become more, not less, of who we are. We receive the space in which to bloom. This is how we know we are in a loving relationship. We are blooming, and the one we love is blooming as well. Brenda Shoshanna
  • A summer breeze can be very refreshing; but if we try to put it in a tin can so we can have it entirely to ourselves, the breeze will die. Our beloved is the same. He is like a breeze, a cloud, a flower. If you imprison him in a tin can, he will die. Yet many people do just that. They rob their loved one of his liberty, until he can no longer be himself. They live to satisfy themselves and use their loved one to help them fulfill that. That is not loving; it is destroying. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • My new found meaning of Marriage is a place where you can be yourself and has breathing space to grow personally and spiritually as and when I want without having to consult my partner about my changes. It is a beautiful place without suffocation, a place where you can learn and teach each other, a place where you do not feel prohibited and a place where you do not have to log in and log out. Jeanette de Jonk