Jamie Ridler poses this question: What do you wish to nourish?
My answer is simple, zen-like, but with my eclectic personality, that’s not easy to manage.
I wish to nourish the spaces in my house that have nothing. I have become intrigued with those voids that beg for the eye to pause and for the spirit to take refuge. I want to nourish my desire to let go, to give up the material for more time with less.
I have spent a good deal of my life holding onto the things that came with losing loved ones. I am the keeper of this trinket and that treasure. I needed that stuff for awhile, but depend on it less. Nothing is now more of a commodity than the somethings that tried to fill the voids. Nothing helps me get closer to my dream of being available to move out of state in a few years. Nothing gives me freedom.
But with nothing comes a certain anxiety that something helped fill. With nothing, one must nourish the self because nothing stands in the way of seeing what the somethings might have hid. So with this wish comes too a wish for letting go of the somethings within that cover up the truest essence of me. This will take courage, but in the end, if I do it this way, I will have nothing to lose.
- Nourishment (pondermountain.com)