ZenView – This Time

By Mary Layton

When I talk to people about their experience of time, everyone says that time seems to go by faster. I think, maybe the fact that the world has been going through so many changes in the past 3 years has something to do with a sense of urgency. Are we running out of time? We may feel that we need to do things right now rather than later. Who knows what next week or tomorrow will bring? We try to accomplish more, get more done in a shorter amount of time and then tackle the next thing. No wonder we feel that time goes by too fast. There’s a lot on everybody’s plate.

Rising prices, changing the way we have been thinking about things, making different choices. While many aspects of our lives today may be anxiety producing I think we can still get a hold of ourselves and gain something meaningful. The other day I caught myself multitasking. I was running through my house half-dressed, eating a sandwich while also feeding my cat. So while I was racing with time, getting ready for work, I suddenly stopped and decided to take a deep breath and just stood still for a moment. I realized I had become like a car without a driver. Just going on automatic. Rather than giving in to my fear that I wouldn’t get everything done and getting tired and cranky in the process I had managed to slow myself down for a moment simply by remembering my humanness. The awareness changed the quality of the rest of the day. Thank God!

Of course, there are times when our schedule demands for us to be on time and certain things need to get done in a timely fashion. Regardless how great our challenges – it is important to remember that there are still many things to be grateful for, where we live, the love we have for family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, pets and plants, the comfort of listening to the birds chirping in the morning, or watching the peacefulness of a sunset. In short, we can be grateful for this time.
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About the Author:

Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.