The Liminal Space

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Years ago two dear friends of ours owned a meditation center that was about an hour south of us. My friend facilitated a regular weekly meditation in the evening. Sometimes we’d co-facilitate those gatherings. It was fun because we were so drastically different. He was far more analytical than I and much more process oriented. I’ve always just kind of flown by the seat of my pants. So, I always learned something from him because he paid attention to the details that I frequently never noticed.

He once described meditation as something like watching a train. Your thoughts are all those train cars going by. Initially, the cars, or thoughts, are racing. So we want to slow those down by centering and breathing deeply. And then we want to focus on the spaces between the cars. He said meditation is the space between.

I tend to be quite literal in my thinking. So my first thought was….Wait, what? That makes no sense! What do you mean? It’s the space between the cars? What? I just meditated! I never thought about how or what. I just did it. I always meant to talk to him about it but never did. It has just floated around in my consciousness for YEARS!

But today I got it. I finally understood. He was talking about the liminal space!

Merriam Webster dictionary, describes the liminal space as:

1: of, relating to, or situated at a sensory threshold : barely perceptible or capable of eliciting a responseliminal visual stimuli. 2: of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition : IN-BETWEEN, TRANSITIONAL

In meditation, the liminal space is exactly what he described. It is the space between our busy, racing thoughts…that space of calm that we can access when we slow our bodies and minds down. It is also that space between sleeping and waking… Liminal spaces are both delicate and immensely powerful.

I’m bringing this up because I received a gift today while in the liminal space. I was in that place of not being completely asleep, but not being completely awake either. And I received this very clear and very complete thought. I felt as if someone was speaking to me. And this is what it said…

December 1, 2022. You have no idea how much love it took to get you here. You see, every good thing starts with love! The seed of love is planted, and everything grows from that.

As I was trying to wake up and process this, I was thinking… Did I just read this in a book? Did I just hear this in a movie? I knew that I had not seen or heard this anywhere before. So that’s when I grabbed my phone and dictated it into a blank email before I forgot.

Then, I continued to lie in bed and wonder… What’s this for? Is this a poem? Is it a storyline that I’m supposed to develop? It could well develop and morph into something else. Time will tell.

But, for right now, I’m feeling that this was confirmation of the divine spark, that I talked about in Yesterday’s post. I feel like this was a gift from spirit… Saying yes! Ideas flow to those who will listen!

I also feel like this is for us… All of us. It’s for those of us who read it today and for those of us who read it years down the road.

I/you/we are all products of the most powerful force in the universe! Love worked purposefully, powerfully, dynamically to get you here. And it continues to work to support you! This message is for all of us… We’re meant to be here now!

So I guess this is a reminder for anyone who was wondering….YOU MATTER!

I’m glad you’re here💜

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31 thoughts on “The Liminal Space

  1. pk.glenn1@verizon.net

    I learned something today … we all matter.  I hadn’t thought about that, but it makes sense.  I have always believed that everything happens for a reason; now I recognize that everybody happens for a reason as well.  I’m glad you’re here.

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  2. I love how you describe this as the space of calm we can access when we slow our minds and bodies down. This is something I’ve experienced recently, after finishing my studies and another project – after I stopped being busy and stressed all the time, and was able to just BE, finally.

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  3. Never heard the term before, but I like the fact it now has a name. It helps to seek it although I don’t think it’s something that can be found unless you practice or it wants to be found. Brilliant that you caught and held on to those thoughts.

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    1. It’s like anything else….you can build a kind of muscle memory if you do it regularly. It just takes a bit of practice.
      Thanks for reading! How’s your ankle these days??? Sending good thoughts 🙏

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      1. It’s actually my foot, and it’s sore and cumbersome but I’m dealing. I won’t know much for another 6 weeks when we see where we are with healing. Thanks for the good thoughts! ❤

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  4. I love the words “liminal space” and the idea behind them. It’s not somewhere I get to very often – my brain is too busy overthinking! But it’s nice to know it exists and gives me something to aim for. Thank you.

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  5. Isn’t it wonderful when the right word comes along that explains something we’ve been wrestling with? I’ve thought that this is because I understand best what I can name or put into words if there is not already one word for the whole thought.
    Many months ago, the word, “liminal’ was such a word for me too.

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    1. Absolutely! Word-smithing requires precise language! Finding that perfect word is a treasure! Nice to know someone else understands this kind of thing. Thanks for visiting Gary and I hope you have a wonderful week 🌺

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  6. You are loved and matter. That is the message that keeps coming across in all the Scripture I read. I have never thought about liminal space before, but what a beautiful experience. I definitely have the roaring cars, but there are times I get the slow downs too. I never had a name for it. Great post, Dinah.

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    1. Thanks so much for reading! I will try and jump over to your blog and see some of your posts also. Blogging really is a wonderful way to meet people! Thanks for visiting.
      🌺🌺🌹🌺🌺

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  7. Your friend described meditation like how I describe it. Sometimes there’s so much going on in life, we forget to pause. The spaces in between the vehicles, you get to enjoy a sliver of a nice view.

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