You who follow me know that I've been obsessing over two books this summer: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Both of these beauties speak of time in a different light and totally shake our world view on "managing" it.
"Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
And Gay Hendricks explains that "time comes from us." That if we look at it like that, it is malleable, and we can relax because everything gets done.
Beats trying to race the clock, right?
|"I'm late! I'm late!" [Source is obviously Disney.]|
But those books, (along with the work I'm doing in a Course in Miracles right now), have 100% blown my concept of time out of the water.
Please understand, this is not the first time I've dabbled with this. After all, I wrote papers on the 4th dimension in college (which relates to time), one of my favorite gifts I've received was a copy of Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman, and for the past few years, I've used the mantra, "My timing is perfect and elegant," with almost miraculous success. I've also prayed about it, literally. I have asked that my relationship with time be improved, and I have gone from someone who was almost always at least ten minutes late (in my 20s) to someone who can arrive right on the nose almost every time, as if the very traffic lights were on my side.
Because think about it: how much stress do we experience simply from trying to deal with time?! It's sheer insanity!
In fact, I chose the first image -- the hourglass on a beach -- very consciously. The hourglass notoriously "measures" time, representing that we collectively consider time to "run out." But there is an entire beach (world?) of sand around it, just sitting there! This photo demonstrates the folly that we try to bottle and limit time when really, it's infinite!
Now I'm learning to be still in those unexpected three-minute (or thirty-minute) moments -- to look around, go within, and know that everything is "in perfect and Divine order." (Thanks to Doreen Virtue, for that affirmation.)
Have I mastered this? Heck no! I still occasionally cringe at my pile of to-dos, but now I know how to take it in perspective, rather than push through. This is a discipline, to be sure, but it is SO worth it, and in fact, makes life much more fun! There are surprises around every corner if you can surrender to the present moment!
How does this show up in feng shui? What can you shift in your household or office to reflect this "new" meaning of time?
Stay tuned for Part II, to come soon! In the meantime, though, learn to meditate. Here's a video to inspire you:
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