Monday, March 7, 2011

Time keeps on slipping into the future!

Well, it's true!  Time does tend to move faster as one ages.  Hard to believe but it does.  Do the math.  If a five year old is asked to wait 10 minutes, compare that to the 20 year old with 20 years of life and waiting experience.  It's an eternity for a five year old but completely doable by the 20 year old.  Now fast forward to the 50 or 60 year old and it passes like a heartbeat!

So what happens?  Is everything really relative?  Are we programmed to feel time move faster as we age?  What is this about "living in the moment"?  Is this another yuppie thing that we think may prolong our life or is it genuine, authentic?  Can we live in each moment as it is happening or is this another BS line?

I believe we CAN live in the moment if we trust ourselves.  If we are willing to tell ourselves that there is something different and wondrous, if we are able to suspend the what ifs, the heys, the but what happens whens....  It's intuitive and very freeing and although I don't advocate thinking one is a seer or can read the future, but maybe going with the flow and let life happens as it does (Jon Kabbat-Zinn claims the present is all we have, we can't change the past and don't know the future...) is an alternative to trying to control 24/7.  I have and found that meditation 1-2 times a day for 20 minutes each day is very enriching.  All one needs do is focus on the breath and when thoughts move to different places (as they surly will), simply move the mind back to the breath and try to focus there, as best you can, and somehow your life makes subtle yet profound changes.  At least it has for me.

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