The Zen of Spacious Life – Time
I think if you’re like most people, time seems to pass by with faster momentum as you go through life, like it’s running down hill. And, depending on what’s happening at certain moments, time can seem to speed up and tick by us in a flash. On the other extreme, time can actually take on a boring characteristic, and the seconds turn into minutes, that turn into hours, in almost slow-motion that feels like it goes on and on forever. Especially when we’re waiting on an important moment in time, like an important decision, a significant event (i.e. graduation, wedding, turning 21 years old, etc.), or arriving at a travel destination.
You should look at your life, and especially at your work, and ask yourself, “Do I feel that I have to accomplish more and more in less and less time?” That happens daily in most workplaces, especially to entrepreneurs that regularly perform the tasks of three people to keep their business profitable.
Today, at the very moment you’re reading this, I want to suggest to you a different method of considering and thinking about time that makes for a more spacious life and fuller experience of time. Consider a technique or approach that brings us the realization of how precious and unique each moment of our life really is.
But before I discuss ways to consider for how you can slow down time, let’s take a look and examine how others have thought about time.
strongemDo not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment./em/strong – Buddha
strongemThis day will not come again. Each moment is a priceless gem./em/strong – -Takuan
strongemI do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following./em/strong – Mohandas Gandhi
strongemWe praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time./em/strong – Aristole
strongemEvery moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul./em/strong – Thomas Merton
strongemThere is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now./em/strong – James A. Baldwin
strongemWhat matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past./em/strong – Sai Baba