To live in freedom you have to live at peace (harmony) with time; live the dimension of time as a creator of time and not a slave of time; live without being either a prisoner or victim of time. To live at peace with time is to live in harmony with nature, beginning with our inner nature. When we plant a sapling today, we cannot accelerate the process so that the next day we have a tree. When it is summer, we cannot make the earth revolve around the sun quicker or slower for winter to arrive before or later. Everything has its rhythm in nature. We have distanced ourselves from the natural rhythm and our accelerated mind exercises pressure, creates stress and causes anxiety. We plan the future, we are stuck in the past and the present escapes us.
Many worries have to do with how we live time: the past, the present and the future. Worrying about what might happen (future), when the moment has not yet come for it to happen, takes away from us the necessary energy to deal with it when it finally arrives. Living in memories drains our energy; the past already happened and no longer exists, except in our memory. We feed memories, not realizing that emerging the memory in our mind distracts us from the present and weakens us. It is like being a plug that connects to a socket with no current passing through. We lose our energy. We want to relive an experience that already happened, and in the end we feel disappointed, feeling a mental and emotional waste.
Not only is our strength reduced by the way that we live the past and project onto the future, but also how we live in this moment. When, for example, we oppose the present and have resistances, these consume our energy and cause us stress. If we accept the present we can flow flexibly without wasting our energy. Accepting does not mean submitting our self or feeling a victim of what is happening now. From acceptance, we confront and transform. If we learn to live the dimensions of time in a healthy way we will keep up our vitality, we will heal the past and we will feel at peace with it. Accepting the present and trusting in the future helps us to be well.
Accepting the present means stopping comparing ourself with others; we want what the other has, their money, their talents, their beauty, their personality, their achievements, their virtues, etc. So, instead of being grateful for what we have and accepting ourself as we are, we try to have and be like the other. In this way, we are never satisfied. The dissatisfaction causes us a constant unhappiness that reduces our vitality. When we feel happy and satisfied our energy flows more easily. The most important thing that we should do in this moment is to feel content. Therefore, the priority, and what is essential, is that whatever happens in the moment, the most important thing is to be content. So, tell our mind – Oh, mind, be quiet and don’t think so much. Oh, mind, kindly trust that everything is and will be fine. Give our mind the basic instructions and the key thoughts with which to be content. Don’t let our own mind create the thoughts that trap us. It is we ourselves who create our emotional cages.
To live at peace with time is to live it with peace, trust and determination. It is different to living it out of conflict and forcing things. In order to live true freedom of being, we have to make friends with time and stop living stressed in time. We have to trust. Trust that we will arrive on time, that we will do it on time and, if not, that a particular problem will be solved. Don’t let time be a stress factor. When we live stressed because of time, we lose the best of life. We stop living what is essential and important, and we get lost in the details: I have to go here, I have to finish this, I have to call up someone, and endless amounts of – I have to…s – that consume our mental energy and make us get lost in the details of the trivial (ordinary). As well, in hurrying, we lose quality. We can do everything, but without losing what is essential; do it with love, with care, with interest, with enthusiasm, with motivation and with focus. That way every small action that we take will have a greater impact, will be more fulfilling and will bear a more positive fruit.
We choose whether, each morning, we want to get up and begin with watching television, reading the newspaper over a cup of tea, or we want to get up and listen to peaceful music, read a couple of pages of spiritual knowledge that inspire us and we begin the day with enthusiasm and by visualizing it positively: today will be a marvelous day, I shall enjoy it … yes!! Such spiritual practice will give us a feel of time being elastic. In such a consciousness, a minute will seem eternal i.e. time can seem to come to a standstill (if I am surrounded by a positive set of circumstances which are spiritually uplifting) or can seem an instant, i.e. I get a feeling of time passing very fast (if in a negative set of circumstances). Thus, I learn to be a creator of time; living in time without being a slave to it. True freedom lies in being content now. We can be content in the present moment by resolving the inner dialogue that generates stress and conflict in us. When we are content, enjoying ourself and having a good time, we don’t realize how time passes. This means that, if we lived in a state of constant happiness, we wouldn’t realize how time passes. Time would be at our service. We would be the rulers and controllers of time and not the other way round.