The Temporary and the Timeless
It’s already the beginning of September – can you believe it? We are living in an age of accelerated time. No longer do hot summer afternoons seem to last forever. Or if they do, 5 days follow that go by in a blip.
Remember when you were a kid and summers were long, days were timeless and, having nothing to do, while it may have been boring, was often deeply pleasurable (or at least longingly looks so now!)? With far less on our plates, time seemed to drip slowly, filling us gently with simple but rich experiences.
Whether you attribute it to the fast pace of our culture, rapidly changing technology, overbooked schedules, or some higher vibration of consciousness, we are not experiencing time in the same way we did even 40 years ago. Everything is on fast forward and can feel overwhelming. I know it’s not just me when my daughter comments on how fast the school year went. I never thought that as a child!
So I have found myself feeling overwhelm and the rush of minutes blowing past me. I just couldn’t manage to put together an August newsletter. And frankly, I wanted to squeeze every last minute of summer with my daughter before school started, so I put unnecessary tasks on hold.
You may find yourself, like me, now returning to the tasks that lie ahead, and re-creating a rhythm for the school year. Even if you don’t have children in school, most of us in the US still operate on a school-year mentality. Summer is for play, but fall sends you back to the serious stuff!
But if you step back a bit, back from the perceived rush of time ticking and the many voices calling from your appointment book (or rather, your app on your iPhone), you can stop here in the present moment. It is the rush of thoughts that moves us rapidly into the future. The best way to slow down time is to step out of time altogether. When we’re truly in the present, we’re in timelessness.
And the interesting paradox is that, in that timelessness, when our mind quiets, we realize that all the things we worry about, stress over, rebel against, and struggle with are temporary. They are conditions that come and go, like the breath and the waves on the ocean. The only thing that is constant through all of that is the Self within that watches all the changes.
Which brings me to this month’s Awakening Heart Spiritual Community, where we are focusing on “Studying the Self” – with the capital S. Getting to know our true nature, and learning what different spiritual traditions have to say about it. Meditative practices will help us connect to and Be that true Self. Join us on Sunday, September 13th!
Also on Friday, September 18th, Denzal Santana – shaman, healer, and spoken word musician – returns to the Awakening Self Radio Show for an inspiring half-hour from 1-1:30pm Pacific time (4pm Eastern, 9pm GMT). We will delve into The Power of Thought and Word. It’s free on the internet at BlogTalkRadio. Look for an announcement and link coming later this month.
Through all that is temporary, anchor yourself to the timeless Self – the unchanging essence of who you are.