It’s Wednesday night and Herb turns to me during dinner, “As I get older, time seems to be passing by so much more quickly. As a young boy, I remember days being long and time moving slow”. This observation led to an enriching conversation and further to some self-reflection on my part.
As young children, we have this sweet capacity to be immersed in the moment. We don’t carry much experience to recount, nor do we have the responsibilities that call for planning and anticipating the future. We are more in touch with our essence and more free to simply be. When we are occupying only this moment and the next and the next, all that we know is Now. The frame of time softens, even dissolves till it becomes almost irrelevant. Many a parent knows this as we incessantly remind our children that we have timelines and schedules. Often they don’t seem bothered in the slightest.
As we grow older, things quickly change. We accumulate experience and memory that shows up, at times repeatedly. We also have responsibilities that call us to plan, to predict, to secure in some way the days ahead. It is not a surprise that we feel that time is slipping away. In fact, when we are caught in the stories of past and future, we are not fully here in this moment. Life is only ever happening Now, and in fact it can pass by without our participation. I am not saying remembering or planning is bad. I am simply suggesting to explore how often we are fully available to the moment. Perhaps when we find ourselves on vacation, in the mountains or on a beach, time once again slows down, worries and concerns momentarily fall away and past remains in the past. Our senses feel wide open, our whole body alive with experience.
We don’t have to be on vacation or away from life’s routines to experience this. We can weave moments of wholehearted and whole body presence throughout the day. Dialogues likely will still continue, memories and anticipations will arise, but we begin to recognize and feel something else that has always been and will always be here. This is your timeless Being and Presence, unchanging and unconditioned, resting in the background simply awaiting your glance. You might give it a try and be open to what happens.
If you would like you can follow along with the instructions below or listen to this short two minute guided audio.
- Open your senses to the space around you, feeling the touch of air on your skin, the energy of sound in all directions.
- Gently allow your attention to drop inward to the center of the heart. Rest here, feeling the body breathing, the heart beating, the aliveness of life living through you. Savor and feel simply this.
- Allow this pulse of life to open your attention into this whole body of sensations, rising and falling, coming and going. Rest in this whole body of sensation moment to moment. There is nothing to do, nothing to change.
- Rest in the timeless essence of your Being.