By Dr. Keith Beasley, Faculty Member here at the BodyMind Institute
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In our 24-7-365 world it can be hard not to want everything now . . . or sooner. Everybody seem to be rushed off their feet . . . except those who find that times drags terribly! How can time be so changeable? Maybe it is not time, but us: maybe the time has come to reflect on the nature of time and to rethink our relationship with it.
I was helped to do this on a recent trip to the excellent Chester Zoo (UK). Whether observing a sloth (reckoned to be the slowest animal there is), lion or sea-horse, I got the same sense of each of these creatures, in their own unique way, just getting on and being a sloth, lion or sea-horse. Why don’t we do the same?
The trouble with the human goal-driven society is that we are always striving for this, wanting that, or feeling obliged to do something else.
Animals, whether in zoos or our countryside, just follow the cycles of life according to their own particular role within the ebb and flow of days and seasons. They, unlike many of us, are in tune with their body’s needs, in tune with the changing weather and do not, as far as we know, have any notion of being able to ‘make time’ or ‘save time’. By trying to do so, are we merely creating a rod for our own backs?
However, when we practice some form of mindfulness, meditation or prayer, then perhaps we are becoming more sloth like . . . remembering that a sloth isn’t the slowest creature because it’s lazy: it ‘hangs about’ because that is what its very slow metabolism requires it to do!
Likewise, just because some aspects of human society have developed into being permanently active (24/7/365) doesn’t mean it’s natural for our individual minds or bodies to do the same.
Many humans, particularly those in the West, seem to have become conditioned to chase their own tails, without actually enjoying the process, as animals do! To have a more balanced, flowing and thus rewarding and contented life, requires that we acknowledge all the ways we treat time as a controllable commodity . . . and step back from them.
Many now recognize this and take up Yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki or some other Reflective or Mindful practice, which is a great step to take. But why not complement your practice by taking time out to visit your nearest zoo . . . and learn about ‘time management’ from the experts.