Do you often feel that you run out of time? Are you friends with time or is it a constant challenge to find more? What time are you on?
We just returned from three wonderful days hiking in the desert. Sleeping in basic accommodation, eating lots of picnics and hiking through breathtaking scenery, deep shifting colors and wild bison everywhere!
On the second day we were advised to go on a wonderful hike that started ‘just 10 minutes’ down the road. We set off. Forty minutes later we still had not found the track and were sure we had not missed it.
We stopped to check our maps and our directions and realized that it was just up ahead. It was as beautiful as we were advised. We also realized that the directions were in ‘desert time’!
That term had been used the evening before when we asked what time the local jazz concert was starting. They said 9pm…desert time. We realized it would not start before 10 and was an all-nighter, best not to take the kids!
It started me thinking about time.
So often we feel the pinch of time; deadlines imposed or imagined can rule our lives. Projects that are on a tight timeframe, we often assume are non-negotiable, without even checking. Books we
don’t have time to read. Visits to relatives and friends that we don’t have time to make. A bedside story, that we don’t have time to tell.
I started wondering, what is the story about time? What is your story about time?
What if we were to live in a constant state of ‘desert time’?
I imagine it would go something like this: Wake up because of the light and the sounds of birdsong. Yoga stretch and breathe in the immense desert landscape, the fresh dry air. Plan the day but go with the flow of flexibility and moving moments. Be inspired by the views that prove the enormous power and strength of the earth’s history and destiny, the physical proof of great shifts that are occurring all around us.
This is a love story. A love story, not just about beautiful locations and wonderful vacations; it is a love story about taking the time and space to be truly present.
This is a story that we can all use, no matter what your relationship is with time is like.
Close your eyes, take a deep breath and imagine a desert scene. Now breathe in desert time. And live it for today.
It will do you the world of good!
© Copyright 2011 Lisa Bloom