Have you asked yourself, “Where did the summer go?!” Or, “What happened to August?!” Before we know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be memories and we’ll be shouting “Happy New Year!”
What’s going on? Everyone I know is complaining that life is passing us by like a speeding bullet. If it feels like that to you, you’re certainly not alone. Almost everyone is feeling as though time is speeding up – a phenomenon that has a basis for much scientific research. Many years ago it was discovered that the earth gives off a pulse, much like a heartbeat. For thousands of years that heartbeat was stable at 7.8Hz or cycles per second. This is known as the Schumann Cavity Resonance. But around 1980, the Earth’s heartbeat began speeding up. Last I heard it measured 12Hz. Some say that when it reaches 13 cycles per second the earth will stop rotating and start spinning in the opposite direction, causing a polar shift.
Nobody knows if this will ever actually happen, or when. But one thing is for sure; the earth’s increasing pulse rate seems to have an effect on all of us. It’s as if we are biologically tuned-in to the pulse beat of Mother Earth. It has been said that what we once perceived to be a period of 24 hours might now feel like 16 hours. It isn’t easy to get one’s mind around that concept because there are still 24 hours in a day. But it feels different. It feels as though our days are sawed off, our time is limited and our to-do list is getting longer rather than shorter.
Most of us have to-do lists as long as our arms and we’re always in a hurry, racing from one thing to the next, wishing we had more time. Not only that, everywhere you look people are answering text messages, and feel highly frustrated if they must wait a minute or two to see who’s contacting them. And have you tried driving on the roadways at the speed limit? If so, you probably felt as though you might get smeared all over the highway by the cars speeding past you.
Most of us do everything fast. We eat food fast, drive cars fast, and become bored if we’re not watching a TV show or movie that’s fast-moving and action packed. Even when we think we’re relaxing, watching TV with our feet up or reading a book, what do you think our minds are doing? Nothing moves faster than a hot-headed brain, busy making things up. And our speedy mind keeps us from enjoying life at a depth which truly savors the beauty, the lightness and the opportunities that can make our heart and soul sing.
Humorist, Melvin Durei, remarked that we’re so stressed about time that even our to-do list gets scribbled in such a hurry that it might say something like “defrost my spouse” and “make love to the refrigerator.” We try to squeeze so much into our day that we hardly have time to notice the roses much less smell them.
Gandhi has said, “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” At some point we get to realize that life is about quality not quantity. It’s about feeling deeply peaceful, deeply touched by beauty and in awe about the wonders of this world. It’s getting out of our heads and into our hearts. It’s about stepping out of the superficial frenzy and into freedom.
Honor yourself enough to deliberately create balance in your life. Create balance by giving up the need to be right. Accept what is. Then improve upon what needs improving by taking one calm step after another in the direction in which you want to go. When you become balanced and peace-filled, with a sense of true self-respect, you will tend to treat yourself better. When you treat yourself better, other people treat you better. When you feel good about yourself, you will feel energized, inspired and motivated. You will begin living a life that has a “flow” to it. You will begin to live deep instead of fast.
Consider another possibility. What if this time phenomenon is yet another opportunity to exercise our spiritual muscle? What if we actually have the power to expand time rather than be victimized by it?
Have you noticed that if you’re running late for an appointment and it seems physically impossible for you to arrive on time, that if you declare yourself to be in the right place at the right time and relax into that statement with absolute trust, somehow you miraculously arrive on time? Or, even if you are late so is everyone else, which means that you’re actually there on time! When I complain about having too much to do, or about being overwhelmed, I do nothing more than attract more overwhelm. But when I relax and declare that I have enough time to accomplish everything, somehow time seems to expand to serve my every need.
Maybe it’s time that we all stop, slow down, take a deep breath and declare the Truth that God’s time is unlimited, abundant and supportive of everything that concerns us. Perhaps it’s time to take charge of time, make time, spend time, bend time and put time in its place. Time is a phenomenon of the three-dimensional human world, not a reality in the timeless world of the Universe. Let’s put the truly essential things first on our to-do list and then check our human chores off with grace and ease and watch how much we can accomplish. We may even have time left over! Isn’t it about time?!