{April 7, 2014}   ‘Buying’ Time

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Have you ever noticed how sometimes time feels like it is flying by and you wish you had more – and at other times it seems time stands still?

My Mother and I were talking this morning about how interesting the concept of ‘time’ is.  Sometimes it just flies by so fast and leaves you wishing for a little bit longer of a vacation, or a toe curling kiss, or bear hug from your grandchild.  However, when you are doing something that you don’t enjoy, time just drags on so slow, doesn’t it?

Life seems to have become a rush here, rush there, rush everywhere kind of world and no one ever has enough ‘time’.  Time is actually just a human concept.  We don’t have time – really.  The past is gone, the future is not here.  All we have is now.  If you stay present in the Now, you defeat ‘time’ itself.

I discovered this weekend that time ‘stood still’.  I accomplished so much in a relatively small amount of time.  It was really quite amazing.  It happened each day that I was on this retreat getting re-connected with the Source of all that Is. Because each day, rather than let my thoughts drift to work and other obligations, I stayed in the present moment as I let my creative energies flow.

Wow!  I was able to write in my blog several times, completed a bird water color, and a self portrait charcoal drawing…and am about 3/4 of the way done with a flowers in vase acrylic painting!  But wait….there’s more (like on QVC, right?) – I also was able to spend time in meditation, do yoga, sing songs out of a very old Songs of the Church book I borrowed from my Dad, COOK (a miracle for me), go for a hike, sit and listen to the birds, watch the sunset (each day) and read.

That is what I call ‘Buying’ time.  If you stay present in each moment and are fully aware at that moment of your actions and all that Is, in a sense you ‘create or buy’ time.  For some reason, somehow, it magically sort of slows down or stops the clock for you and allows you to accomplish so much more.

Much more than when you are running around like crazy trying to get everything done and still aren’t able to accomplish it all.  All you accomplish by acting in such a way is stressing yourself out, causing dis-ease in your body, resisting against the flow of what Is, and ultimately always feeling like you don’t have enough time.

I don’t know why slowing down and being in the moment allows you to accomplish more – maybe it is Divine intervention.  Maybe it is the natural laws of the Universe.  Maybe it is just individual perspective and attitude.  What I DO know for me personally is that staying present does ‘buy’ me more time.  And time is one thing you cannot ever get back.  ‘Time’ as we humanly know it, once this moment has passed, it is gone.  Forever.  Be focused and present in every single moment…and be amazed by how much more you will ‘live’.



et cetera