Generally, it is the first step of any journey that is the hardest to take. How many times have you looked at a blank page, snoozed your alarm clock, or postponed that trip you’ve been dreaming of simply because the prospect of what’s next was frightening? Healing our lives, minds, and even souls is one of the greatest journeys. The first step here is easier than it sounds: Just sit down and create a space within yourself. As your lives become crowded with knowledge and experience, it may be easier to lost track of ourselves and our true nature. Moreover, the pressure to succeed in our society seems to be constantly increasing and imposing external criteria on which to judge ourselves. This may lead our hearts and minds overflow with ideas, quantities, and desires that are not really our own. Creating space within yourself means leaving some these unnecessary external factors and allowing your heart to fill with your own thoughts and feelings. And it’s so precious to treat it as a gift. It means realizing that prioritizing your own time, thoughts, feelings, and inner spaces is not an act of selfishness, but an act of kindness towards oneself. By creating space for ourselves in our own hearts and minds, we ensure that we have a place dedicated to rest, healing, and self-compassion. Through the practice of meditation, the inner space gives us the ability to experience our life, desires, feelings, and ideas on our own terms, unaffected by sources outside. This emptiness is necessary to live the life that suits us the best. Compassion is primarily about learning to show yourself deep kindness, and meditation can start on your mat by creating your own private space in your own home, making your meditation practice a routine. Showing compassion for yourself is the first step in cultivating the ability to show compassion for all beings. When you create the space within you through regular meditation practice, you can begin to explore the workings of your own mind.