So many times I’ve heard people say how ‘time is flying by so fast, it’s just crazy’. Some people remark that as they transitioned from childhood into adulthood, that time goes faster and faster. There’s not enough time to do what they want.
So how can one slow down time? Of course, the speed of time is one of perception. I think people get so wrapped up in the go-go-go of society and their responsibilities, that many live their lives on auto-pilot and that’s when time flies by – in actual fact, life is flying by.
As people have commented to me lately about this subject, I reflected on the fact that time seems to have slowed somewhat for me in the past year or two. I notice life more. I enjoy life more. Why is that? I think it’s because I practice mindfulness and do meditation, which really brings me into the present moment to stop and notice. It stops the auto-pilot mode that we so easily slide into.
Even in the go-go-go world we live in, it is possible to practice being in the present moment, which brings more meaning and joy into life. Here is a simple example: if I’m a little anxious about something, say, running late in traffic to meet someone, I practice being present – noticing my breathing, recognizing my thoughts and watching people around me. As there is nothing I can do about the traffic, I take away the worry and anxiety by being present. That’s much better than being stressed and one of those people who honk at others in traffic for no good reason. By the way, drivers seem to be getting worse and worse that way! Please relax, folks!