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I’m having a new relationship with Time this year. I’m no longer going to be intimidated by it. I admit to being a clock-watcher and a waste worrier, and that, I’ve finally come to realize, is a kind of slow torture and death.

Ok, I’m exaggerating a little, but I really don’t want to be a slave to the hands of a clock any longer. Although we all have places we have to be, things we simply have to do, but I’m learning to put time priority on the things i want to do and need to Be. Time that allows my whole-hearted interest and attention. So, this is more about attitude than schedules.

Rob Brezsny of Free Will Astrology recently shared his insight on the matter of Time vs Timeology:

“Last night I had a dream in which I was addressing a crowd of thousands of Cancerians in a large stadium. I was referring to them as dolphins rather than as crabs. “I say unto you, my fellow dolphins, ” I proclaimed (I myself was born June 23), “that you have been given a sacred assignment by the great gods of time themselves. And that assignment is to master the art of Timeology.” When I awoke from the dream, I was awash with feelings of deep relaxation and ease, although I wasn’t sure why. I had never before heard that word “timeology, ” so I googled it. Here’s how the Urban Dictionary defined it: “spending time doing what you want to do, not accomplishing anything major but also not wasting time.”

With this bit of inspiration, I’m turning my awareness of time upside down. I’m re-prioritizing. First, deciding what is vital to me each day and how I can best spend my time experiencing it and nourishing it. The rest, well, I’ll squeeze it in because those are usually the types of things that can be squeezed.

You don’t want to squeeze “vital”…

I’ve always remembered a quote with the musician, Sting. When asked how he fits daily yoga practice into such a busy schedule, he said something like, “When I practice yoga, I do everything else so much more efficiently, that I get more done.” I think that anything that inspires you, balances and aligns your body/mind can be like this. How do you do Timeology?

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  1. Roger Hartsell Says:

    Time gets to be a touchy subject at my age; early 60’s. Did I use my time wisely, or “productively.?” How much time do I have left? How do I balance/justify the “want to do’s” with the “have to do’s,” without feeling selfish or obligated.
    It’s very tricky. If I consider that I may have 20 years or so to do stuff, it gets really scary. I guess I need to start making a list.
    Thanks

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