How often do you think to yourself that there isn’t enough time? Not enough time to complete a project, to run all of your errands, to sit down and enjoy reading a good book, to do all the things you need and want to do. I have definitely been a victim to that thinking. I often am now. The problem becomes either stressing ourselves out trying to get everything accomplished or, my method, doing nothing and stressing or getting depressed because nothing is done.
Fear not, I am here to tell you now that time is merely a construct that we have invented to imprison ourselves and trick us into believing we have no control over our lives. That is simply not true. Though I am better, currently, at do as I say not as I do; I improve daily.
So, if time is not the enemy we perceive it to be does that mean your work deadlines and doctor’s appointment times don’t truly exist? Well, no. That’s not where I’m going with this. We will always have the deadlines and time constraints, for the world still believes in the concept of time. However, there are small ways we can break out of time’s grasp and rebel against this heretofore necessary evil.
My biggest rebellion is to take myself out of the physical world and enter the spiritual world through meditation. There is an old Zen proverb that says, “You should meditate for 20 minutes every day, unless you don’t have time, then you should meditate for an hour.” It makes me laugh because my biggest excuse about meditation used to be, there isn’t any time. Once I began carving out that 20 minutes a day I could feel the stress knots begin to loosen a little.
Another way I have made myself a time rebel is to take 20-30 minutes a day to do something I enjoy. This usually means reading something I like. Whether escaping into a world of fiction or reading a book that further explores my spiritual nature. It may be the only reading I do in a day, but it becomes my time. I am also working on fitting in more time for writing.
I consider reading, writing, and meditation my three favorite gifts to myself. I enjoy doing each of these and as I feel overwhelmed by responsibility I recognize how quickly these three gifts fall by the wayside. Now, I have begun to use time as a weapon against itself; carving it out to include my gifts to myself. We may never be free of humanity’s invention of time, (in the divine perspective time is insignificant) but, we can find small ways to become time rebels and capture more for ourselves. Things will always need to be accomplished under the guise of time, but for your own sanity become a time rebel, even briefly, every day.