We all have the same amount of time in one given day. Our obligations will differ from person to person and even within our own life, from year to year. When we work, our time is given to our employers or to ourselves in return for a paycheck. When we raise children, our time is given to their growth and nourishment which we do with our hearts out of pure love. We share our time with friends and family sometimes out of obligation and necessity and at times personal needs.
Minute by minute, day by day, month by month, year by year. Life goes by. As each breath is taken, so is our time.
What are we doing with our time? Are we stressed from a job that we feel we cannot leave and yet we talk about this job non stop to whoever will listen? Are we using our time to grow and better ourselves? Are we bombarded and flooded with emotions from a relationship where the emotional ride takes up so much of our time? Are we watching TV just waiting for the time to go by? No judgement. I feel that it’s important to be real with ourselves.
The next question that I have is what do you WANT to do with your time?
Do you want to spend more time with loved ones who make you feel happy? Do you want to write that book or practice an instrument? Do you want to volunteer in your community and give to people who need it? Would you like to use your time to just relax and listen to the birds sing?
I’d like you to think about how you want to feel in your life. What is important to you? What do you need for growth? I know these are a lot of questions but you have to ask the questions in order to find an answer.
Next, I want you to observe what you are actually spending your time on. For the next 24 hours, take note of your energy during your day and night. What absorbs your time? Does it help you live the life that you want to live? If what you are currently doing with your time isn’t satisfying or fulfilling, then why are you doing it?
Don’t get scared. This is where our yoga practice comes in. Our life isn’t a “to do list”. We aren’t checking things off and moving on to the next. We use our time to keep our bodies healthy, energy available, mind in check, emotional intelligence on and our soul on fire. What do you need to do with your time to light your passion?
If you want to feel happy, joyful and loved then what can you to with your time to get you closer to those feelings? If your life is causing you a lot of pain, then you have to take a deeper look into what you are allowing in your life. What are you spending your time on? Who are you spending your time with?
Friends, life is precious. It goes by so fast. What are we going to do with this one precious life?