I had a day of practicing Danshari to create a space for yoga. This tiny house is small even for a moderate minimalist like me. I went through my already minimized possessions once again to keep only the items that I absolutely need and love. A few hours of my cleansing process of refusal, disposal, and separation- the meaning of Danshari- revealed empty walls, wide and open spaces.
For me, the key to create a happy, relaxing and restorative home is to create openness by emptying of its contents. Too many items will crowd the space and I will easily lose focus. But I also feel the need to surround my room with items that make me feel happy and comfortable such as books or aroma oils.
I especially love my small window which sits right above my writing desk. I placed the cross I purchased on my first visit to the abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky and an angel figurine my daughter’s God-mother gave for my little girl’s baptism. When I bought this cross shipped in from Italy, I was so enchanted with the dream of becoming a nun, not realizing that God had His own plan for me and that my destiny is not my own to decide. A decade later, I sit here, in this room holding the memories of the peaceful monastery in my heart. What I had felt on my visits to the abbey, I now carry in my heart constantly. Yet another dream left unfulfilled, but still a dream that enriched my life. I am so thankful that I held the dream of living the monastic life for so long. It led me to this life here in this corner of the world. This is my own abbey, my own sanctuary, my own peaceful heaven on earth. And I am so grateful that I get to share this peace with my beautiful child from God.
We are two spirits soaring on the wings of God, flying to the land of the living where the day will never end and darkness will never chase us. There, our spirits will finally roam freely untouched by fear and sin. As long as we live in this human form, so many dreams will be crushed and left unfulfilled. But this, the dream of heavenly peace and freedom of our souls in eternal light of God, is the one dream that I know will surely come true. It’s the dream that I pass onto my child. Every morning I wake up to a perfect day and place to share my dream of God’s heavenly dwelling place. And so, praise be to God- yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever more.