“Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time,” so said Meister Eckhart, Dominican theologian, philosopher, and mystic. He believed in the concept of detachment; that a man should be empty of self and all things and that the presence of God resides in the individual soul; a quote of note that keeps me intensely connected to a vital sense of consciousness.
At the start of September, I made an effort to set aside some time for reflection, rest, and healing. The month brought in a curative shift in thought, presentation, action, and the realization of a new season soon forthcoming. September’s arrival revealed to me the significant impact that time and space have on our daily existences. It forced me to slow down and make space for spiritual restitution. This interval of meditation enabled me to understand that time is most impartial. It does not give the poor a minute less, nor the rich a second more. It ages everyone, whether you are strong or weak, and it is the most able judge of one’s character.
During one two-mile walk, I saw many things I could inhale and appreciate; like butterflies, honey-suckle trees, softly blowing multihued leaves, ponds with geese and waterfalls brimming toward the face of the sun, even little beetles trotting about the sidewalk. The sun robed me and made me ponder. Strangely enough, certain insects live for a day and are contented, while human beings live to 70 and are still not satisfied. There’s always much to do, and we all need to take care of business, but we should remember that business is not just about working a job, paying rent, keeping promises, and getting things done. That’s just worldly business. Those things may demand a lot from us, but if we give it so much time that we forget to attend to matters – spiritual and creative, life will lack meaning, no matter how superficially successful it seems.
The meaning and value of life is different for every person. In much of today’s modern society, many people are stressed by work and depressed by life. Some people retreat to European countries or look for new ways to release when the days become unbearable. Some people just want to make a lot of money. They work day-in and day-out. They consider nothing beyond the few millions they can earn over their entire life span. The wise however, know how to use time and space perfectly; they lead free and harmonious lives. Only fools are enslaved by time and space, running around busy all day – every day, without making space for intercession and renewal.
The end result of our mental, physical, and emotional health, prove to us that time and space are to be most respected. How we perceive it and make use of it often assesses the true achievement of our journeys. Time exists in a three-fold dimension in our everyday lives: the past, present, and future. Time of the “past” is quietly gone forever and will never return. Time of the “present” flies like an arrow and disappears in a flash. Time of the “future” amidst our hesitation and slowly draws us closer and closer.
Whatever your time is set on this earth, allocate your space with positive things. Clear your busy calendar and make room for you. Time and space are just like the act of breathing – pause to EXHALE.
Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: NOW. – Denis Waitley
Love and Light for your Tuesday.