Mastery in Time – Christine Miller
In our modern world, ‘time’ seems to be at a premium; the majority claim they don’t have enough, and overload is a common complaint. Bombarded with information from multiple sources, many feel that time runs away with and from them, and they can never catch up.
So when I was recently invited by my friend Tom Evans, aka the Bookwright, to attend one of his time-bending workshops, and experiment with expanding, extending and transcending time, my curiosity was piqued.
‘I don’t have time’ could have been my response, ‘I’m far too busy’.
But I know that I can make time for the things I choose to do.
And I also have a policy of not describing myself as busy, because again, I will always find time for the people and activities I love. It might require some dancing around schedules, but it’s possible.
It’s a paradox that time can apparently pass at different rates for two people in the same space performing the same activity. That brings back memories of schooldays! The one who is fully engaged and enjoying what they are involved in finds time whizzing by rapidly; but if you’re bored and uninterested, time drags slowly by and feels interminable. Same minutes and hours, different outlook, different outcome!
I pondered how we usually only procrastinate about what we are reluctant to do….then thought,
is that true? Do we?
What about those juicy, fulfilling projects that could transform many lives including our own? Do we always press on with those, and finish them off promptly, or does their importance and consequence bring up fears and reluctance because they might just lead to great change and transformation?
Sometimes change, welcome or unwelcome, makes us uncomfortable, so we shelve activities and make excuses in order to stay the same. It’s a bit crazy, really, because we and our world are changing constantly, ceaselessly, evolving with every breath, every action, every thought and feeling, so we might as well just get on with it. Yet still, sometimes, we resist.
We all have a different way of relating to time, and this varies at different times of our lives, the year, the day and the circumstance – obvious, I know, but sometimes we forget what is under our noses or ticking away on our wrists!
I found this poem which captures thoughts about time, expressed beautifully and engraved on a Sundial in a garden:
Too slow for those who wait
Too swift for those who fear
Too long for those who grieve
Too short for those who rejoice
But for those who Love
by Henry Van Dyke
More about the poem Yaddo Gardens
Tom’s Time Bending workshop offered us the opportunity to alter our perception of time, to play with the past, present and future, and to understand how we can create shifts in time and space to ensure things happen ‘just in time’. The old saying ‘time flies when you’re enjoying yourself’ certainly applied, as the day flew by, in very pleasant surroundings with a fascinating group of people also exploring a type of time travel – without an obvious tardis, more of a ‘build your own’ time machine approach! And it was time well spent, for sure.
If you want to bend time, and find more time for yourself, Tom has some workshops coming up in the near future – details here.
You might also be interested in reading this article on Transformation
by Christine Miller