Now that the holidays are over, my family has returned to their various corners of the world, and I’m navigating life on my own again post-surgery, time has begun to feel like a thief robbing me of moments I wish I could get back.
Since racing against the clock is an invitation for disappointment and constant discontent, how can you find a way out? Is there a way to stop time?
The ticking of the clock, of course, cannot stop. But when time feels too fast, it isn’t clock time you’re fighting with, it is psychological time. Thoughts of missing the past, and anxious thoughts about the future make time an undefeatable enemy. The actual present moment that you are experiencing will never run away from you; it is the one constant in a life full of variables.
Instead of worrying about a future deadline, work when you work, and rest when you rest. The end game will be the same either way. This doesn’t seem as simple as it sounds to a mind running in circles trying to solve the “problem” of time. The mind will continue to spin its tales, but without your belief in them, the stories lose their power.
Stop time by bringing yourself back to the faithful now. In the words of Eckhart Tolle, “Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.”