By Karin Leonard
It sure seems like
someone is speeding up the “Big Clock”, as weeks and months fly by
like sand running through our fingers. What, if anything, can you do to
slow down time, and to feel like you actually own your days, and along
with them, your life?
Each Day Count
Einstein claimed, time is a relative matter. Have you ever noticed, how
a day on vacation can seem so much longer and more exciting than days
spent at the office? Workdays
may appear like gray carbon copies of each other, and we often hardly
remember what happens from one week to the next. How quickly time passes
for you, is influenced by how present
and engaged you are each day. In addition, memory is connected to
emotions, and remarkable events, good and bad, stay with us longer than
the bland ones. Therefore,
the more interesting recollections seem to take up a greater amount of space
in memory – so to speak – and, subjectively, time expands.
pet theory of relativity, anyway…
To make your
time expand, do something unusual every single day.
That can be a simple pleasure, like a stroll around the
neighborhood, or lunch at the beach. It also helps to go back over your
daybook or calendar, maybe once a month, to recall your “best of”
experiences from that time period.
you ever felt that you are seemingly stuck somewhere, way back, perhaps
under the Christmas Tree while your calendar reads March? In order to be fully present, today, it helps to wrap up the
loose ends from the past. And,
if you notice yourself regretfully going back over days gone by -- what
do you need to do, to release the past?
As a friend of mine says: Forgiveness
means giving up all hope for a better past. Claiming all of you,
here, today, time will move slower – because you are present
to experience it.
successful also pulls us right
into the now. To that end,
each day, complete something, however small, and acknowledge yourself
for doing so. As you move
through the day, practice being complete. Bring your thoughts back to
the present, be decisive and move forward.
with your Rhythm
Your biological clock and
daily cadence also influence how you experience time.
Being more in harmony with your individual rhythm can lend a
sense of spaciousness to your life.
When you align with your natural cycle of high and low energy
times, there is a feeling of ease in your day.
For example, if you are a “morning person,” your best times
for mental focus tend to be in the early hours of the day.
When you go against your innate rhythm, it may feel like your are
continuously trying to catch up – the “I’m late, I’m behind”
deal. Of course, that experience can also come from having too much on
your plate, or crafting unrealistic to-do lists. To feel on top of it
again, set realistic
expectations in order to stay in balance.
As you make your days
memorable, practice completion, and align with your natural rhythm, you
may slow down that clock yet, and time will
be on your side!