A new relationship with time

Thursday evening in Waitrose (Cirencester) cafe – killing time whilst Julia has her hockey practice.

“Killing time” is a very aggressive phrase isn’t it? Why do we want to be so murderous towards such a precious resource? There’s a mediocre movie out at the moment (called ‘In Time’) that’s got a great premise – namely that in the future you only have time until you’re 25 and then the clock ticks down towards your death a year later, unless that is, you can buy more time credits. In this world the rich can live forever and the poor die young. Humans in other words become like pay-as-you-go phones. Top-up or you die.

See the trailer here:

It seems to me that we in this non-fiction world are not so much divided between rich and poor as far as time goes, but between those that are concious of time and those that are not. The sick and dying for are hyper-conscious of the value of each moment. The very young are equally aware (in a blissfully unthinking way). It is the rest of us who rush-rush through life that are missing out.

But what if we developed a whole new consciousness of time such that it gave everything we did a whole new shine? It’s not that we have to fill our valuable time with thrills or even meaning, but we do have to be more present to it. When you sit completely still just listening to your breath, a minute can feel like a surprisingly long time.

So no more ‘killing time’ for me. With the Future Self Now work I’ve noticed that if I feel my Future Self come into my Now and look through my eyes, everything becomes 100% more delicious. My Future Self looks at this table I’m sitting at and says, “Wow, I remember that table! We did everything on it – eat, play games, make crafts, paint.” She looks at the enormous beech tree at the bottom of the garden and says “I miss that tree”. In other words I use my knowledge of my Future to heighten my enjoyment of my present. It works!

 

Happiness = Sleep!

It’s only 8.30pm but I’ve hit a wall. Any thoughts I had about doing more for the school Advent Fair will now have to wait until tomorrow. Sometimes the only way to raise the ‘ol energy is to admit there’s nothing more to do than snooze! Early bed for me. Night night. X

Busy bee

It’s been a busy day but I’m quite proud that I allowed myself to flow with it. Twice I had to stop to lie down and shut my eyes because of an ungodly start to my day  – (5am – taking Guy to catch a bus). I couldn’t have done it all without those moments of downtime. I had 3 coaching calls, shopping, dentist, cello lesson, a party to drop off and pick up from, phone calls to make, supper, lunch (the kids are on half term break now) and we even managed to stop for coffee with a friend for an hour or so!

Still lots to get done before we go to Cornwall on Friday but I’m committed to letting it unfold as well as today did. I’m sure if I resist the temptation to second guess everything then it will!

 

I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.

 – The Dalai Lama –