Time...Friend or Foe?
Somewhere during adulting, being stressed, distracted, overworked and nodding off during the restful parts of yoga class became the norm. Fun, creativity and calm were going to become a priority again someday, you know, when I had more time!
I was in complete time drama. Ironically, I was an unlikely suspect for this self-sabotaging behavior, I go to yoga, meditate, eat my veggies and drink green smoothies. Wasn't that enough to ward off time drama??
The problem, I was eating my veggies and drinking my green smoothie while simultaneously thinking that I didn't have enough time and that I had more tasks on my to do list than I could possibly accomplish in one day. I was constantly giving myself the message that time was lacking and that fun and calm were thing I would have to wait until the weekend to enjoy. Well, only if I had time on the weekend.
We accept this lack of time mentality as normal, even joke around about it with others.
So could I change my mind that time was available to me in abundance?
What came next shocked me! To end my time drama, I had to become friends with time.
After a lot of long late night talks, time and I made amends. Now that time and I were friends not foes, I decided that I would need stop bad mouthing time to everyone, stop blaming time for not being around to support me and even started to be thankful and grateful to time for being in my life.
So why is it so important to become friends with time?
Because the power of daily messaging
Our thoughts become our actions. Everyone has the same amount of time each day, it’s our perception that either makes time expand or contract. Feel bored at a work meeting, those clock hands move so painful slow. On an amazing vacation- days fly by never mind an hour.
Negative self-talk is a distracting self-sabotaging behavior. These constant messages of lack become so ingrained that this message moves from our conscious mind to our subconscious mind. On the subconscious level it becomes the norm and turns into what we expect from life. That life is busy, life is hard, I have to sacrifice my happiness and health until I have time.
Would you subject a loved one to the same demands, negative self-talk and busy schedule that you task yourself with? Probably not! So be your own best friend and treat yourself with the same respect and consideration. The constant negative self-talk about lack of time becomes a vicious cycle.
Daily messages are so crucial to our overall well-being. What we perceive becomes our reality and when we are perceiving a constant message of lack this can manifests itself into negative emotional and physical symptoms. Emotionally symptoms can be displayed as feeling fatigued, stressed, unmotivated, frustrated, overwhelmed, and generally unhappy. Physically symptoms can be displayed as headaches, general pain, stomach problems, sleep problems, and can weaken the immune systems.
We can regain control of our time drama by paying attention to our thoughts and redirecting negative lacking thoughts to thoughts of abundance and self-compassion.