The art of having enough time

self development guide

Clearing space. Let time in. We have enough time.

Breathing these words slowly has a hypnotic effect. Try it. Breathe them into your heart. Do you feel expansive?

Or

Are you thinking….?

‘What?! I don’t have time to read slowly!!’

It is that time of year again after all. So often we’re rushing to get presents bought and running from catch-up to party to catch-up to party. Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.

I get this.

As a person who currently has more time than most on this planet, you would think I’m kicking back and treating everyday like a lazy afternoon on Copacabana Breach. Not so. Despite being deep in my healing process, I too want to see and do so much on a daily basis.

Wednesday started like many others. I had places to be. There were two places I wanted to be at the same time in fact and I was trying to figure out how to do it or which one was more important. This permeated my thoughts as I tried to meditate. I then drank a quick smoothie while writing a note for M to tell him the stuff he needed to do before I picked him in town later in the day. The time was ticking. Mum would have to get with the programme and eat her bowl of porridge in the car. I desperately wanted to get to the beach for a walk and swim but could now only fit in half an hour at best before this other meeting started. I was trying to fit being healthy into any available time slot, rushing round to go to meetings and appointments to get healed but getting energetically wiped out.

The stress rose and peaked and then a cool thing happened – it broke.

I had to let go. I dropped mum off and skipped off to the beach. I walked the length of the sand to touch the rock, I walked through the water and swam amongst the cold silky sheets. All the cells in my body were singing a happy tune. I am healing. I am healed.

Healing is our natural state of being.

Being in nature brings us back to the present and into our bodies. Our mind may be strong and active, but it is also connected to the voice of the ego. The ego tells us what we ‘should’ or ‘have to’ be doing. Wisdom in the body is that inner knowing that lives in the heart space and the instinct of the gut. Every time we take a conscious breath and breathe into our hearts we connect to our power there. Are you listening to your heart’s knowing?

That morning at the beach, I had no where to go. I could stay as long as I wanted and leave when I felt like it. No obligations. How often do we get to feel that?

And this is how we can create more time – by practising presence. Being truly present is expansive. Time stretches and grows.

The reason we had so many good times when we were younger was because we were present. We cut class to eat pancakes at McDonalds with our friends. We spent hours in the pool on our endless summers. We made up choreographed dances with our cousins. We didn’t consider what we ‘had to’ do. We did what we wanted. Likewise on holiday. So many cool things happen when I’m overseas because I’m in this state of surrendering to the flow. Life is magical when we’re aligned. 

Each moment is an invitation to be present and let go. Let go of the past and future and be present to what you’re doing at this moment. This is what I’m practising. Will you join me?

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