The Secrets of Mastering Time

Mastery in Time – Christine Miller

time fliesIn 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:

Time

Is

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

Time

Is

Eternity

by Henry Van Dyke

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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

About Christine Miller

Christine is a psychologist, executive coach, mentor, speaker, published author and poet. With a varied and successful 25-year career in research and consulting across diverse sectors, she now conducts leadership and organisational transformations. As a guide and mentor she seeks to release untapped potential in her clients.

She has recently completed extensive research into creating sustainable cultures for more values-driven, loving, compassionate organisations, with over sixty global leaders, ranging from HH the Dalai Lama to Sir Terry Leahy and The Rt Hon Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business. Christine is a Fellow of London Metropolitan University Business School’s Centre for Progressive Leadership.

Christine is able to adapt to different environments and issues quickly, where she is known for her ethical approach, her empathy, her stimulating and thought-provoking method of questioning, and for her ability to put people at ease. She is renowned for her creative resourcefulness and wisdom, her penetrating analysis, insights and ability to provoke transformational thinking and action for organisations and individual coaching and consulting clients worldwide.

Comments

  1. Dear Christine,

    So glad I discovered your blog!

    Thank you for the wonderful poem above – so true – and it was such a privilege to meet you at Tom’s Time Bending Workshop.

    The whole day was magical and transformational and you were such an important part of it for me.

    I join you in highly recommending Tom’s workshop for anyone who feels that they are so busy that they have lost important perspectives and balance in their life.

    Hours spent in the company of Tom and a group of like-minded people is time VERY well spent!

    x

  2. Dear Vanessa,

    Thanks for your comment, delighted you like the blog and the poem.

    It was a real pleasure to meet you and to be there in the space with you, and I look forward to catching up again soon.

    Hope all is progressing well and you are thriving and flourishing,

    Christine

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