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Empty Box Meditation

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep . . . (Genesis 1:2 NIV)


Staring at the empty box in the middle of the room, pausing midday to meditate. Summoning energy to move on to the next thing, but instead . . .

I stepped into the box to see if I fit inside. Sitting cross-legged and scrunched, I felt confined, yet safe. I let my mind meander. I thought of Patrick who uses abandoned boxes to build his inner world. I thought of friends who have moved or will be moving to other places. I wondered what I box in. I wondered what exists outside of the box. I felt childlike. Imagination chimed in with questions: Is this your boat? Are you flying a bi-plane? Or are you floating in a tube down the spring-fed Black River?

Then I thought, “What if my husband comes upstairs and sees me sitting in a box? ”

I quickly and clumsily climbed out of the box.

What would you do with an empty box?


8 responses to “Empty Box Meditation”

  1. This gave me a giggle on an otherwise trying day! Hugs!

    1. Glad to bring a giggle to your space. And a smile to your face. I giggled at myself, and it was fun to sit in a box for a while today…makes me want to go get a big one to build a summer fort. 🙂

  2. Kel:
    You have given me something to ponder in my mind.

    1. Cecelia- I like how God can use simple everyday objects or events to get us thinking about Him. I also thought, I hope I’m not trying to keep God in a box.

  3. I might just climb into it, and think a lot of thoughts, and remember all the wonderful worlds my little brother and I thought up using carboard boxes—and then worry that my husband might walk in and find me sitting inside a box, and get me out of there!

    Too bad we have to feel self-conscious (or worse) about following childlike-wonder things!

    Thanks for this post! I love seeing you here!

    1. Nice to see you hear, Sylvia! I just couldn’t help myself. I love the creative ways that God invites us to embrace our childlike moments. I tend to box God in and think He only relates to me in certain ways. I really felt invited to sit in that box today and then share the joy of it and the wonder of the experience here today.

  4. lynndmorrissey Avatar

    Ah… empty boxes. I need to fill them w/ stuff of which to rid myself. Also, Kel, and I surely know this is not the intent of your post whatever, I suddenly thought of migrant children who are being housed in cages, boxes of sorts, apart from their parents. Your post is lovely, and as I said, had nothing to do w/ my thought association, but I had just watched the news, and that’s what I thought, and it grieved me. I think back to our playshop and how children and adults need to be free to play. Keep thinking and playing outside the box. You do it so well! 🙂

    1. Lynni- I love how God uses a word picture to give us associations to whatever is going on in life. The poor treatment of the children is truly something to grieve about. I am thankful for play, but also for times to lament. I think an empty box has a lot of ideas with it. Love-Kel

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Hi! My name is Kel Rohlf. I am an intuitive mixed-media artist, creative writer and performer. Life is a performance. I often attend.


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