Time always moves on. We can’t stop it and our human challenge is to learn to embrace it.
I realize one of our gross mistakes is how we misuse time. We make too many things about time when they should be about love. We waste time, we bargain with time, we rush time, we worry about time, time makes us stressed and pressured and it’s the way we measure EVERYTHING. We live in the future or the past where we become so preoccupied with the mere thought of time it becomes the definition of our whole life. Thinking there will never be enough of it we ration it, we covet it. We dole it out in stingy or generous increments to the ones around us depending on how we judge their worthiness. We resent those that steal it from us like the too needy friend or demanding ungrateful boss. But the truth is however we try to harness or spend time the clock keeps moving forward regardless of our choices. And yet we preoccupy ourselves with the mere existence of its future and past dimensions as if those places hold all the magical answers like a Holy Grail.
I used to have a rose garden that taught me quite a lot. You see roses bloom when it’s simply time. You can’t force it or postpone it to suit when you want the blooms to be at their best. Nothing can be done to alter their timing. All you can do is love them and watch them to see their need and understand the time it takes them to bloom, much like people when we truly accept them. You just water and feed and nurture them and in return you may get to enjoy their life and evolution from tiny bud to full gorgeous bloom.
In the beginning I was worried about my garden. I read gardening books about how to cultivate the best flowers. I worried so much about the timing of it all and how it was going to work, I almost didn’t see the flowers blooming. Then I realized this was a labor of love, not time and I took my nose out of the books and smelled the flowers, literally. And I loved them. I focused my attention on showing the delicate blooms my love. And strangely enough I forgot about time. When I tended my garden time flew by. There was no time because I was focused on love not time.
My rose garden taught me how to be “in the moment”. And I started to carry this lesson of “mindfulness” over to other parts of my world. Going about my daily routine, if I started to feel rushed or pressured about time I would exhale and focus on the moment and find something to observe and be grateful for. If I had to wait somewhere and pass time, instead of being impatient I practiced the same thing. I focused on people or my surroundings and observed my life and surroundings in that moment. It wasn’t long before I became occupied with finding things to love in each moment instead of being occupied with the time clicking by and wondering what would happen next. Things I had missed before suddenly swan into sharp focus. Amazingly I saw more beauty and found pleasure in many moments throughout the day. My life became more soulful. I felt deep gratitude. And my whole perspective began to change.
. At first this happened slowly. But before long I noticed that simple everyday things affected me more deeply. The park I used to rush through with Sparky because I had to get to work, suddenly had these gorgeous trees turning fall colors and smiling people and beautiful birds. I didn’t see them before because my mind was 10 steps ahead worried about time. We fear not having enough time and we allow that fear to rob us and cause the very thing we fear! Before you know it life has passed us by because our minds were somewhere else while we lived. We are blind to this when we are NOT in the present moment observing what is happening.
Through mindfulness our relationships become deeper, healthier and more satisfying too because we are truly present in them. Just like my roses. The real purpose of the garden was about the growth of the flowers. When I realized that, I “saw” them. When I was so worried about their future and trying to make them the best they could be so they lived up to MY expectations I almost missed out on the beauty they offered me daily and didn’t appreciate their gift. I was preoccupied with future time.
Isn’t that what we do with the people in our life? We worry so much about the outcome of things we miss out on present moments. We push and prod and mold and try to control our lives and relationships to meet our expectations with such force we neglect to allow things to unfold and bloom the way they are supposed to. We forget to trust the universe and believe in its power to naturally evolve all things to their full potential. In doing so we rob ourselves of the very experiences our hearts crave. That is a real authentic source of connection and existence.
Authentically allowing things to bloom into all they can be naturally and practicing a belief in basic goodness gives us a strong foundation in our lives from which we can accomplish anything and everything. And it all starts with something as simple as living in the present moment and surrendering time as we know it.
This point was brought home to me through my spiritual work at Georgia Rose Connection. I work with many people using tools such as Reiki, Intuitive Life Coaching and Readings to inspire and ignite changes and create the harmony and healing they desire in their lives, As we work together I am fully focused on each session with no thought of the future or past except as a reference point for the work. Now, you would think as a life coach I would be fixated on the future and achieving a goal and specific outcome. But I am not.
When I am in sessions with a client there is a sacred space that builds between us, where we are both focused on present energy. That power of NOW gives us a heightened observance of what IS. Breakthroughs occur simply because we are paying attention and harnessing the power of NOW. By activating the belief and trust that the universe will work with us and wants to assist us to a higher good, we transmute energy. In this practice the most important and most valuable matter becomes the journey and the experience of change, not the outcome. The wisdom is revealed in the process not the result.
In this way we are like those roses in my garden. Growing like human flowers reaching towards the light of a thousand suns to find the wisdom of our ancestors and source through divine channels that go unobserved when we are not focused on the present. This surrender and harnessing of our divine right of evolution is what the human experience is meant to be. Unfortunately we humans do not take the time to honor our lives in such a profound way. Instead we give time more relevance than we do the value of our lives within it. If instead of pushing against it we could outstretch our arms to embrace time and harness its present current to observe all it has to teach we would most assuredly master our lives. The wisdom gained from that process gives us solid answers to basically everything. But unfortunately for most of us the source remains untapped as we rush around oblivious to its existence.
Just as the people in my garden at Georgia Rose Connection teach me daily what it is to be alive and feel God’s grace we can all teach each other by observing and honoring our lives as they are in the present moment. The future and the past force judgment and duality. In the present there is only what is, not what will be or was, and so we feel things more intensely and more truthfully when they are given our full attention without the preoccupation of “time”. In those “moments of truth” are the seeds that make our gardens grow.
I challenge each of you to live in the now.
Below is an exercise designed to show you the power of feeling present. Enjoy!
Close your eyes.
Take a couple of deep breaths in, out, exhale.
Now feel the place in the center of your chest
Where your heart is
Now smile at your heart.
That’s it. Simply feel the joy inside that you can only feel when you are present.
Practice this often throughout the day.
SMILE AT YOUR HEART and teach your children to do it too.
Peace and love,
Spiritual Healer, Energetic Medium
This Blog is the story of the miracles, challenges and lessons of my life journey. Years ago when I hit a personal "rock bottom" my despair led me to seek answers and my quest for truth began. Amazing events propelled me on a spiritual journey of transformation.. Miraculously, through these experiences my life has become my teacher and my friend.... I hope my words connect us and allow us to walk together for a time as teacher and friend to each other. The most valuable thing we have during this human experience is our connection to love. The love in our soul for a higher power and others is the only thing that is real. I honor these connections through my writing. Theses words are my gift inspired through the heart of Spirit for you. I hope by sharing my journey it will enlighten, inspire and ease yours as it does mine >> ... Peace... Georgia Rose