We can feel very comfortable in and in control of and unthreatened by worlds we’ve created in our minds; it is safe to hold to our self-defined world and reject those who don’t agree with all our own beliefs and tenets. Very often, also, we forget how restricted our miniature world is and continue to live in a constricted way, allowing for little stretching of the brain and no spiraling imagination or creativity. We may even begin to create a slightly larger version of the world in our brain in the physical world outside because it is so comfortable to be cocooned. And, in fact, a miniature world can be an asset as well as a refuge: you can test thoughts and feelings without unnecessary exposure, you can retreat for a short while and regroup, you can learn again that because things are small doesn’t mean they are ineffective. Even looking at something small – a doll house, a tiny forest on a stump, an entire world in a tide pool – can create a feeling of well-being. We must remember, though, that these worlds are meant to looked at and inspiration from, not to be taken as examples for our own lifestyles. Wouldn’t you rather continue to be your own size instead of shrinking to fit one too small for you?