How time rushes by! You wake up to the alarm clamoring to get your attention. For a split second you lie there imagining the whole day stretches before you. But first the dogs need to be walked. Then you need do some stretches and exercise. Soon it’s time for a shower. You get some breakfast, pack a lunch and out the door you go.
For the rest of the day you are consumed by deadlines and the time clock; get to work on time, turn in the report that’s due, call a colleague before they go to their meeting, and then it’s time for lunch.
The rest of the day progresses much the same way. You return home, and sit down for a few minutes rest. As you sit there, thoughts race through your mind, “What am I going to fix for dinner? Did I add ketchup to the store list? Can I clean the bathroom today or am I out of cleaner again? Is it going to rain tomorrow? When does the news come on?”
Before you know it the day is over and you in bed thinking “Where did all the time go?” You bemoan the loss of some quality “downtime” and put it on your to-do list for the next day. Your last thought as you drift to sleep is, “If my life is speeding by this fast now, what will happen in another 10 years?”
Indeed, what we all dream of, what we crave, is so time to slow down until the riot of thoughts in our head relaxes enough for us to unwind and rejuvenate our soul. We yearn for time to simply rock on the porch listening to the crickets. We long for a chance to unplug from the fast-paced lifestyle that consumes our every waking minute and leaves us feeling unfulfilled and sad.
We can do it, but it takes practice and commitement. You have to throw away your clock, (at least symbolically.) Watches, clocks, alarms, and calendars are all reminders of the “things” we “need” to do. But our most important “to-do” item is simply to stop doing, and just be.
For me, meditation is that golden time. A time when I can shut off the TV, the phone, and all my commitments and simply sit in stillness. There is an unspeakable beauty and grace to the tranquility that comes from doing absolutely nothing. From understanding that at that moment, in that utter calm and total quiet you are a perfect being, in tune with the universe and at peace with the world.
The joy I have found is that when you practice this repeatedly, the feeling grows stronger. The serenity you find in that quiet world stays with you in times of turmoil and chaos, keeping you centered and serene. It brings clarity and perspective to all areas of your life.
The trick of course, is to actually find the time to do it. As I write this, I find my soul longing for the comforts and peace of my meditation. Over the last few weeks I have been discouraged and downhearted, without understanding the reasons why. I’ve let myself drift away from the bliss and splendor of having time for myself.
But just today, for a full five minutes, in the middle of my work day, I sat down, closed my eyes, and just breathed. I felt the breath go in and out. I imagined my muscles loosening up and going limp. I let myself feel a moment of eternity in a single moment.
Now as I write this, my memory of those moments fills me with resolve to resume my meditations. As soon as this article is done, I’m going to stop and sit in silence. I’ll let my worries float away and let the universe fill me with tranquility. As I do, I’ll be thinking of all of you, and wishing you the same joy.
If you do give this a try, leave a comment and let me know how it goes. When it’s over do you feel re-energized and invigorated? If you do it for a week, do you find yourself stopping to see the pink summer flowers blooming, or noticing the fresh earthy smell after a rain shower? May your time be blessed and beautiful. Ta-ta friends.