Time. We never seem to have enough of it. It makes us choose. That choice catapults us from the present to the future, never to go back. It brings us pleasure, happiness, guilt, regret, and uncertainty. Every stroke of the second hand allows us to make a conscious choice. Conscious choices increase levels of mindfulness. As we become more mindful we become more relaxed and more aware of our moment-to-moment experiences.
Let's go back to the concept of time. How much time do you focus on yourself on any given day? We often spend time thinking about external stimuli shifting focus away from ourselves. For example, "How I am going to get this project ready for Friday's meeting?" or "Looks like I will miss yoga class again." Sound familiar? The truth is that this is a reality for many of us.
Take a moment and close your eyes. Envision a snow globe. Now, give it a few shakes. What happens? It's a flurry of flakes - chaotic and unsettled. Mindfulness is absent. Now imagine that snow starting to settle in the bottom of that snow globe. As it settles, it becomes quiet, calm, and peaceful. This is mindfulness.
What might happen if you give yourself time in this calm and quiet space? It provides an opportunity to reduce the noise, act with greater intention, become more clear about what's personally meaningful, align values, and think about goals.
Time is a riddle. It can be unforgiving. Time has the power to gift us with moments to be more mindful, enabling us to hear our inner voice and empower us in ways we could not imagine changing the trajectory of our lives. "It is better to follow the voice inside and be at war with the whole world, then to follow the ways of the world and be at war with your deepest self." - Michael Pastore