I have this new expression. Do you want to hear it? Of course you do, that is why you are reading this. OK here it goes.
Time is a flat circle.
I have been saying it a lot lately. I don't know if it's because so much has shifted and changed in the last year or if it's because I am getting older or if it's because my values are evolving. It doesn't matter. And neither does time.
Time is an illusion, a blessing and a curse all at once. It's all about perspective. And presence. When you are close to yourself, living in each sacred moment as it comes, not wishing forward or grasping back, it really does start to float away. A mind-made construct that quickly flattens out and becomes a circular, continuous, infinite plane.
If you're wondering how this relates to mindfulness you're in luck because this is the part I am about to tell you. A lot of people say they don't have time to practice mindfulness. If you think you can’t practice mindfulness because you don't have time then I am very excited for you. Because first of all you can't even “have” time. But I do know what you mean so I won't go down that road (for now). Second of all you can learn and practice mindfulness all whilst “doing” what you already “do.” In fact, it takes up no extra time at all.
A very simple mindfulness practice is growing your awareness. You can literally do this at any “time” you'd like. Just check in with what you are actually doing. Like what are you doing? How are you moving your body? Are your thoughts somewhere else? Slow the f down. Take it all in. Like if you are walking to your car, look around you. What do you see? Hear? Smell? Are you outside or in a parking garage? Doesn't matter. Just take it in. It could be 20 seconds or 20 minutes. The time doesn't matter you see! You’re already living it.
Another example of how to bring yourself closer to mindfulness (without needing to “spend extra time”) is to start to watch your thoughts. You have a lot of them. So many, you have no idea. This can also happen any “time” you'd like. With just a little space, you can start to witness the stream that is running through your head. Without changing them or judging them, just see them. Become more aware of your own voice. Get friendly with it, because you will continue to hear it until the end of “time!”
Ok, let’s see if I can think of one more way to convince you that mindfulness practice doesn't take up any extra “time.” Got it! Ok something else you are always doing is breathing. Well I hope so at least. Wow so great, this is my favorite mindfulness practice. Sure it is ideal, if you create a little space in your day to just sit and follow your breath for a few moments, but guess what you can also just follow it whenever you remember to. Notice when it is fast or slow, feel the temperature, get grossed out by how clogged it is (then use a neti pot!!!) and return to your breath. Your breath can teach you a lot about yourself and your life. Your breath should really be your bff.
So, you see, although these are all practices that will get easier with “time” they are all available to you right NOW. The “time” is now! There truly is no reason we can’t grow our mindfulness practices quickly and consciously, without delay. There is no excuse for time, because time isn't real is it? Yes, yes I know people are very busy and time can feel like it goes by very quickly but you know what i mean now, right?
Start with these three practices. Actually just start with one. Weave it in. Weave it out. Whatever you want to do. It's all there. Always there. Mindfulness is you. And you are not limited by time.