I will tell you why time is of the essence. Time is one of the most precious commodities that each one of us has. What makes it so valuable is that we are guaranteed to not have any more of it. In fact with each passing moment there is less and less of it. As opposed to many other valuables, we can not buy time, or rent it, or create it. In addition, none of us really knows exactly how much of it we have left.
What this teaches us is that we must use it wisely. So what then can we do in order to get the most out of the time that we do have? The answer, as it is with most of important things is quiet simple; One, we must prioritize what we spend it on, and two we must learn to be more present in whatever we do.
Have you ever noticed how time seems to rush by or stand still depending on what we are involved in? When we are occupied by something that we love, something that has our full attention, the time tends to slow down, allowing us to enjoy each moment. The world disappears as we engage in our task.
Eastern disciplines such as Vipassana and Zazen suggest that we make a conscious effort to remain in the moment. One way to do so, is to silently repeat to ourselves whatever we’re involved in at the time. This could be anything such as “I am brushing my teeth” or “I am driving to work” or “I am walking on the trail”. Consciously directing our focus, creates almost a meditative state. We truly place the moment right at the center of our attention. By doing so, we are not only more productive, but we also enjoy it a lot more.
You will find that by being present in each moment, you will have utilized your time more wisely and have given more meaning to everything that you do. Thus, utilizing the precious commodity of time to it’s maximum potential in everyday life.
Live well. Vlad