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On Aug 13, 2009Susan Bradley wrote :
Time to waste, time to give, time to go, time to kill, not enough time, where’d the time go, wish I had more time, just in time… Reflecting during the week on this inspiration of “time” it was interesting to hear and to read that time is a topic that everyone is talking about; these statements about time were repeated over and over and over.
Our Wednesday evening reflection brought many valuable statements about the topic to my thoughts.
It is our choice about how we use our time. This brought home the point that we possess time and can have a healthy attachment to time in a way that we may allow ourselves to control where we choose to use our time. Even in our work and our families and relationships, we choose how, with whom, doing what and where we are any moment; we are the champions of our time!
Time is limited; it is renewed “like the water in a stream” but we never have time again. Wow this one really rang true as a reminder that at the moment our present time is indeed a “present” a gift to us and others. Using our time to connect and be aware of other needs and desires is a good thing.
An important element of time is the being present not necessarily the “speed” at which we engage in our day but rather that we fully engage in each moment. Each of us individually has a rate at which we move through life. One shared a story of Gandhi walking very quickly and a comment someone made to him about rushing and Gandhi replied that rushing would be an act of violence and that he was simply walking quickly! Someone else shared the quiet repose of a visiting guest from India on a walk down Castro Street in Mountain View, Ca and the single thing this guest noticed was the enormous and beautiful tree in a hustling, bustling area of this city – not the numerous ethnic restaurants or the number of people, but rather the beauty of nature. Yet another compared timing to a dance with partners and if the partners are not in sync, things could go awry quickly!
This huddle of sorts and sharing of thoughts after our meditation and reading always, truly always, give me the pleasure of stretching my thoughts through the gifts of others perceptions and experiences. Showing me that there is indeed more than one way to experience, or see, or do any one thing. And the discussions continue in to the evening following our quiet meal together, we work on projects such as preparing envelopes for mailing Smile Cards around the world, rolling Wisdom Scrolls to share bits of inspiration, and then the small intimate interactions that happen in the Mehta Family home.
Krishnapram, a new acquaintance, said to me last evening, that what God really wants us to do with our time is to find happiness and joy and laughter with ourselves and each other that this brings us closer to him. As the night came to a close for me I enjoyed hearing much laughter and talking around this happy home.