It’s that time of the year when most of us start bemoaning about ‘where they year went’. As if one day it was mid-January and we were swimming, covered in zinc and gorging on gorgeous ripe cherries and mangoes and then the next thing we knew Christmas lights up all over town and we have NO IDEA where February, March, April and all the other months in between went. But why is with this so?
The concept of time is an interesting thing to ponder. To start with let’s look at 20 minutes. I want you to think about these examples…
20 minutes spent scrolling through social media on a Sunday afternoon
20 minutes in traffic running late for a very important meeting
20 minutes waiting at the hospital on important test results
20 minutes of meditation
I’m sure you’ll agree that these examples represent different kinds of time, which can seem to pass by either incredibly quickly or agonisingly slowly.
We all know there are 24 hours a day in a day, which adds up 168 glorious hours every week. The working week is supposed to be 38 hours but let’s bump that up to a more realistic 50 hours. Taking away eight hours sleep a night that leaves us 62 hours a week where we are not sleeping and not working. If you’re meditating for 20 minutes twice a day that leaves you with 58 hours left over each week.
The question then that has to be asked is what are we doing with all this time?
If we are living our Dharma, a Sanskrit term for living out our purpose, then time seems to slow down. It’s a beautiful process. If we’re not living our Dharma, we’re doing the opposite, Adharma. We are out of flow.
So over this next period of craziness preparing for the Christmas holidays be aware of that time. Whether you speeding it up by being in a constant state of frenetic busyness or slowing it down, being mindful and savouring every moment. Because the truth is you’re in control.