Time is created in our mind. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’ – Lao Tzu
Time is precious, Time flies, Running out of time, Perfect Timing, What time is it? These are just a few ways we express “time” and the importance it plays in every part of our life…. but if there is only “now” and we can only be in one place at a time, (unless we are time travellers!) then our thoughts around time are just an illusion and that our stress around time, is self-created.
When my mind is focused on tomorrow, yesterday, or in the future or past, I am not focusing on the “present” and in fact, I lose productivity when my focus is away from “now.”
One way I help pull myself back on a busy day, is to stop myself regularly, take a deep breath in and ask myself “Where are you now?” Often the answer is that I am focusing on something else, rather than on my present task.
Of course I plan my week, make appointments and have deadlines to complete, but a practice each day to pull my focus back to the present, through disciplines like meditation, yoga and stillness, help lessen any stress or fear around the illusion of time.
Being present is a practice, the more we practice, the more time we have!