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In Step 1 of the 10 Steps to Bliss, we covered the importance of the present moment and living our lives within this incredible space. In Step 2 of the 10 Steps to Bliss, we discussed the ins and outs of Gratitude, how it works and how we can experience more of it in our lives. Today, we will explore the one thing we all seek more of in this life…time. How can we see time in a different light? How can we break free from the daily stress that “time” has wrapped around us?
Step 3 of the 10 Steps to Bliss – Understanding Time
Let’s immediately gain grasp of the fact that time is not real. It’s just a concept; a measuring stick. Just like we have inches and centimeters, we could have many different variations of time. In ancient civilizations, time was kept in many forms other than the standard we have today. We also know that some people with psychological disorders who have no concept of time whatsoever, have been known not to age hardly at all. Some of these patients can be 60 years old and look like they are 30. So, based on this, we know for sure that the concept of time has a dramatic effect on us both mentally and physically.
So, how do we begin to understand a concept like this…?
Time has been conditioned in us as a reality, which it is not. We have all said things like “I don’t have enough time” or “we’re running out of time”. How could that be? Is there something you need to do that will take more time than you have in the rest of your life? Many people rush around all day long in this battle against the clock. If you’ve ever seen someone in a hurry and just witnessed their actions from a detached perspective…you might think they were being chased by a lion and running for their lives. What good has it ever done anyone to be in a hurry? And by the way, it creates major turbulence in your internal dialogue along with causing all sorts of chemical problems in your mind-body when you are in this state of “hurry”. There is no such thing as hurrying. What we call hurrying or being in a hurry is really just being frantic for no reason. So what if you miss the bus. Another one will come. Who cares if you’re late for school? It happens to all of us. No one is going to die because of it. Relax. Breathe. It will all be OK.
We believe that we need to be in a hurry because it saves time. And “time is money” right? So we think. With money being at the top of the societal value-hierarchy, this thought makes time just as valuable as money. This is a very slippery slope for your Soul. If time is money and money is everything, then how could I ever justify taking a vacation? How could I ever justify anything other than working to earn more money? You will always be looking over your shoulder with this mentality.
You have all the time in the world.
Life is only worth living if you have the opportunity to be ALIVE. Please never forget that. Sometimes I end up with a full schedule of meetings all day long. I go from meeting to meeting staying as present as possible and helping enrich the lives of others as much as possible. Then I get home and see how much work I have to do as a result of all those meetings and I realize that I’ve just spent an entire day without giving myself the opportunity to do the things that fulfill me. Without a chance to read a book, enjoy a sunset, meditate, etc. Was that day really worth it? NO. I wasn’t able to do anything that makes me feel alive!
Now, I diligently schedule only 2 meetings per day maximum. This gives me time to give full attention to the people I’m meeting with and provides plenty of time to work on the take-aways from the meeting as well. I’m never in a hurry as I schedule the meetings far apart from one another and I also have time to read a little in between or sneak in a meditation in the car or in a place of nature. The goal with this Step is to make sure we remind ourselves of these key items: time is a only concept and is not real, it never helps to be in a hurry, and we ultimately have all the time in the world. If you can begin to understand the reality behind time, then it’s quite likely you will experience more present moment awareness, more gratitude and more bliss.
Happy Meditating! I hope it helps 🙂