Wherever you are right now, look at an object nearby. Maybe your phone, a coffee mug, your computer. Now, expand your awareness so that you’re in touch with the space around the object. The object has an outline, and outside of that outline is space.

This is true with our thoughts, emotions, pains and individual selves. We can get so sucked into the actual substance of our experience, that we lose sight of the space around and between it.

That space can be a refuge. And if nothing else, it’s a reminder that who you are is bigger than the content of your experience.

As Walt Whitman said: “I am large. I contain multitudes.”