Our ElseSpaces

My ElseSpace goes beyond the horror of epilepsy. It is a space that captures the beauty and confusion I feel right before having a tonic clonic seizure. The complete tranquility of the post-seizure brain. The ecstasy and excitement of losing control. This space does not erase the negatives (because they exist!) – but explores epilepsy without hiding, shaming, or being scared of it.

I invite you to write below what your ElseSpace would look, feel, taste, or sound like. It could be one word, or several paragraphs. This is your space.

  1. A place where I can breathe freely, calmly and feel free of life’s stressors without actually having to meditate. Essentially…

  2. Every place in the natural world that can support life but is not in the throes of the necessary, catastrophic…

  3. Where xenophobia’s manifestations of ego, insufficiency, bigotry, racism, and war are eclipsed by the growing understanding that WE ARE ONE

  4. A vivifying orgy of all my past and current lovers

  5. A space where we are allowed to absorb and interact in our own comfortable ways, and not bound to the…

  6. All anxieties and sadness float away and I just exist as myself

  7. My tears are welcome and celebrated, I am held and supported as I heal.

  8. Dormant but still there. He hibernates in the wintertime

  9. It feels angry and depressed and has the space to explore rage without medication.

  10. A plane of existence where I see only people’s spirits without needing to “bucket” them at all, based on anything…

  11. My ElseSpace is a space where I can eat whatever I want and enjoy it.

Artwork by Dominique Thiebaut

20 thoughts on “Our ElseSpaces

  1. A plane of existence where I see only people’s spirits without needing to “bucket” them at all, based on anything corporeal.

  2. A space where we are allowed to absorb and interact in our own comfortable ways, and not bound to the expectations and perceptions of those most outward and dominating.

  3. Where xenophobia’s manifestations of ego, insufficiency, bigotry, racism, and war are eclipsed by the growing understanding that WE ARE ONE

  4. Every place in the natural world that can support life but is not in the throes of the necessary, catastrophic events that push nature to re-group. For example: A forest but not during a fire.

  5. A place where I can breathe freely, calmly and feel free of life’s stressors without actually having to meditate. Essentially a place where I can just BE.

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