Do you every feel like there are not enough hours in the day? That tasks are piling up and the weight of them is overwhelming you? These are the issues many of us face every day in this fast-paced, demanding world.
What we need to do is the exact opposite of what we think we must do. Instead of working faster and harder, we can actually expand our sense of time by stopping for a moment or two. I came across a snippet of inspiration about this subject in the Family Circle magazine:
When you feel like there are never enough hours in the day, try some idle worshipping. Gaze at the sun as it sinks into the horizon or journal about a past vacation to a scenic locale. Contemplating a breathtaking image can make it seem like you have more time on your hands, says a new Stanford University study.
The reason: People who experience emotions like awe feel as if they are living in the moment. When you feel overwhelmed, stop to admire the view – life may seem not just longer but fuller, too.
When we use our senses, when we watch, listen, smell, touch and taste, we bring ourselves back to the present moment. And when we allow ourselves to just BE in the moment, all those places we have scattered ourselves in the attempt to keep up, come back to our center. When we function from that centered place within ourselves, we actually can achieve more. And even if “more” isn’t important, the “quality” of what we do, and the attitude with which we work, is improved.
Remember to take a few moments each day (maybe a few times a day, if needed) to look at something beautiful, taste something delicious, listen to something soothing, touch something soft, smell something sweet. Inhabit the experience. Offer gratefulness. And, feel your heart and “time” expand.