Is time passing quicker? Or is it our perception of time?


yesterday is goneChristmas seems like yesterday and yet it’s now June… where does all the time go? It seems that time is passing quicker and quicker these days – or is it our perception of time?

When we do tasks that are repetitive, our mind goes into a trance like state and before we know it 1 or 2 hours have passed by.

Majority of our lives are spent on routine repetitive tasks, like getting up and going to work, going back home, then having dinner and maybe watching TV before bedtime. Next day we do it all over again.

Come the weekend, there are household chores, food shopping, children sport drop offs and on the list goes.

Before you know it, it’s Monday and another week has begun…

How much of the week did you spend just relaxing or enjoy working on a hobby? Like majority of people you probably said, very little or no time at all.

So much of our time and lives are spent rushing around from work to home, to household chores, children, family and so forth. Even our thoughts are rushing around inside our heads ticking off mental ‘to do lists’.

We’re living in a world that contributes in a major way to mental fragmentation, disintegration, distraction, de-coherence. We’re always doing something, and we allow little time to practice stillness and calm.” – Buddhist scholar, B Alan Wallace

By focusing more on the past or future events, we get the perception that time is passing by quickly and we haven’t appreciated our present life.

No wonder, so many people feel like they don’t have time to enjoy life, because they actually aren’t present in the NOW.

Live in the moment – In Eckhart Tolle’s book, ‘The Power of NOW’ he explains how to embrace the here and the NOW, to focus less on past events and invest less time and energy on planning future events. In the end, this moment is the only moment we ever truly have.

‘Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have’ – Eckhart Tolle

Be Spontaneous – forget routine and chores and do something spontaneous and fun. The dishes will still be there when you get home.

Perfectionism – learn to accept that nothing in life is perfect, for we live in an imperfect world. By always seeking perfection, we don’t see the natural beauty within others or the world around us.

Mindfulness – practice mindfulness, even for 5 minutes a day.  It helps to centre you and stops the mental ‘to do’ list.  You will feel refreshed and see things differently.  Your will feel calmer and better able to deal with day-to-day life stresses.

Too many people waste their time worrying about the past and the future, while life goes by quickly. Then they wonder why they don’t have time to do the things that give them pleasure.”