03 Feb Attention Vs. Time…The Battle Begins!
When you absolutely love what you are doing, time flies. Actually…it altogether ceases to exist.
[Achtung meaning “Attention” in German: What I’m about to share requires total Attention and full Presence. By the end this post, my hope is that you will know what the above italic phrase truly means. I don’t mean the definition of the combination of words that are coming off this page, but whether YOU will be touched by what those words re(present). My apologies if I go too deep, past the rabbit hole into wormhole territory. Sorry Alice, I can’t help myself. Enjoy the ride!]
Is Time Real or Relative?
You see, time has no reality. It is arbitrary. Time was made to define, measure, and make sense of this “world.” Time as a measurement is “standardized” but as a feeling, is relative to the person perceiving it. Albert Einstein said, “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’s relativity.” Also, imagine what the perception of time would be on different planets in our solar system, contrasted to Earth. Wonky is this concept called Time.
The world speaks of time management, but how can you manage something that doesn’t exist? When I close my eyes for a moment, time ceases. This is not a belief, but a knowing. If it weren’t for clocks and watches, how would we really know that time has an existence?!…Well, when I close my eyes to the outside world, what I know for sure is…THAT I’M ALIVE! How could I ever define THAT through time?! Life as Attention is the Only Real Tangible Experience of Consciousness.
Time as a Tool
Time is a function of science and technology. Technology is a progressive form that leverages effort so that we can spend more time in leisure, rather than survival, like hunting or scrubbing laundry by hand all day long?! (It wasn’t that long ago this was happening in history for the majority of mankind.)
Time is neither “good” nor “bad.” It’s a useful neutral tool that makes life more efficient. Time as a tool serves to improve our lifestyle so that we are free to express our divine Self on this (plane)t. Time as an identity, however, leads to unnecessary stress and suffering. “Dead”lines can choke the living daylight out of any creative endeavors. Use time, don’t let time use you. Of course common sense suggests to attend to your external commitments, duties, and responsibilities, but don’t let time ever mess with your inner freedom.
Qualitative Productivity through Intention + Attention
Before setting into momentum any task, set your intention by asking these simple questions: Can I remain anchored in Awareness despite the world of distractions? Can I bring the Presence of the Essence to this moment? Am I willing to put forth my Whole Heart and Soul into the Now so that my creative expression is made with love. Step back and watch in awe what happens once you begin.
Attention as a State
Attention is the realm of Genius. By focused attention, one lives life with quality, spontaneity, and wonder. Everything expressed comes out with Power. One recognizes the power of the Instant as it is being recorded by the full presence flowing through.
There are No Differences, Only Distinctions
So really, it never was about a battle between attention and time. IT’s about truly comprehending which one is going to be your prioti modus operandi (Sorry, my Latin stinks!). Like Amazing Grace’s, “I once was lost, now I am Found”, what is going to be your (Found)ation? Which Order of Operation is going to be your primary identification: time or attention?
Attention is the Realm of the Infinite and Eternal, or Spirit. Time is the realm of finite, parameters and boundaries like the body.
By operating dominantly in the realm of time, you are severely limiting your potential of expression, or creativity. Sure, time can serve as a motivating tool toward accomplishing a goal by a target date, but if you choose to focus with your awareness instead, you will enjoy the “slow-mo” flow of the timeless, attentional state that the “tool called time” will be an optional part of your repertoire. 🙂
Never allow time to rule you because WHAT YOU TRULY ARE is limitless, fearless, and powerful.
Choose being fully immersed in the Process of Creation instead of being stressed by the illusion of time.