Time is a universally misunderstood concept. It is illusory in nature. The more we grasp for it, the more we feel deprived of it, the more it adversely affects our lives.
How we see things in life, is ultimately how they show up for us. We have a choice everyday as to how we are going to view what we have on our plates. We can choose to view our lives as “busy – leading a full and enriching life” OR we can choose to view our lives as “busy – stressed and strung out.” The choice is always ours. How we define “busy” within the structure of time makes all the difference for us.
We tend to get caught up in the drama of our schedules and our to-do lists. We let our minds run away from us and we surrender our own control over to the mind and its fluctuations (the chita vrittis) and expect that it alone will govern our wellbeing. That never works. We are the ones who are supremely in control of our thoughts and how we experience every moment.
If we could choose to be fully present in each moment, then time would expand in those moments and we would find that we would feel more relaxed and calm and more at ease. That means, be where you are – don’t project yourself ahead of you into your next meeting, next presentation, next dinner, next social obligation. If you allow yourself to experience each moment as it comes, time will slow down for you and you will be able to enjoy your day without anxiety and angst. It is when we do not live in the moment, that times speeds up for us because we are continually reaching for a moment that is NOT now but in the future. So naturally time will be rushed because our minds are running ahead of us, doing just that.
Slow down. Take a breath. Be in the moment. Savor everything the moment has to bring. When we focus on what is right in front of us, life slows down to a pace that we can work with. The choice is always yours. How do you view “busy?” Do you want to lead a full life or do you want to feel stressed out? Don’t surrender your choice to the mind. Take back control of your life.
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