Without traveling too much into the science or psychology of time, I’d like to explore the idea that time is relative to every human experience. The theory of time relativity was first noted by Albert Einstein and has since been adopted by many religions and philosophical branches of living. When I first began researching grief, death, and lifestyle changes, this information came to light. Several times on the blog and podcast, I’ve noted that I believe time is fleeting. Because time is limited in our lives, it creates a pathway for the notion to exist that everything happens for a reason. We believe this because our lives, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t long. Therefore, everything must happen for a reason in order to construct our ‘story’ in a meaningful way.
But what happens when we reconstruct the idea that time is fleeting with the concept of time being relative to every human experience? Some may feel time is passing quickly when they’re with a friend or having fun. Many also apply unspoken timelines and expect results singularly from the idea that ‘X’ amount of time has passed; therefore, ‘this’ should be achieved. But, what if we simply live by the idea that time is our friend and a co-conspirator with the Universe. Together, they create a path of least resistance that leads to our greatest unfolding.
Doesn’t that sound less stressful and more meaningful than pressuring yourself to achieve “this thing” by “this” day? If we choose to embrace every moment while understanding that we don’t need to rush through the actions and success of life, what happens?
Time is Relative and Illusionary
When you frame time under the genre of Intentional Living, it becomes relative to action. When we live each day with intention, making purposeful decisions, time becomes indicative of what action you take to move forward rather than a deadline you need to meet. And when we shift our mindset to freely believe that time is working for us, it is no longer something we fear or dread. So, I hope your philosophical hats are on for this blog. Because, as we approach the Intentional Life Launching Workshop and the New Year, I want to continue providing you with the critical content that reconstructs your mindset.
We hear all the time that we’re seconds away from both life and death. At any moment, we or someone we love could die. But in the same context, at any moment, our lives can change in an instant and forever. We could be walking down the street and meet our soulmates, win the lottery, or cure an illness we have. Life and death–and both are within reach at the same time. But what if we let that belief inspire us, and time becomes an illusion? Suddenly, we have a way to frame the day and understand where we need to be at certain moments. But, we didn’t let it dictate things as important as our happiness or fulfillment.
A Time to Live Intentionally
When we live intentionally, our concept of time shifts. So many of us fear time because we see it as the framework for our success. We believe that we will be successful if and only if we’ve achieved X by age X. Does that mean that despite what you have accomplished and all that you’ve experienced, you’re simply not “successful” because you didn’t tick one thing off your checklist? Of course not. It’s great to set deadlines and offer yourself a time frame to contextualize ideas and action. But, when you’re living intentionally, it’s essential to understand that the time frame you set for yourself is not finite. We never know what the Universe has in store for us and our greatest unfolding.
This is why we trust, believe in, and put all eggs into the basket of Divine Timing. What if you’re not meant to get your degree by 21 because you’re going to receive a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel abroad for a year? BUT, you’re so completely shut off to the idea of something better existing for you that you stick to your constructed timeline and miss an amazing opportunity. Instead of boxing ourselves into this idea of success as constructed by time, what if we let go and surrender to the possibility of “something better”?
Time is relative; its only worth depends on what we do as it is passing.Albert Einstein
Believe in the Possibility of Something Better
With this mindset, time is no longer linear. Instead of seeing progress only as that which makes us move forward in time, we see success from the result, no matter how much “time” it takes to reach the result. When you live intentionally, practice manifesting, and connect with your soul, you develop an understanding of the Universes’ role in your life. It becomes simple: we have things, people, and success we desire, and we can get as specific as we want on the detail of those desires. But, we always maintain the understanding, and an openness to, the idea that something different may exist that is better for us. We grip on too tightly to what we think we want; we close ourselves off to the truly infinite possibilities available in our lifetime.
Letting go of the ‘construct’ of time
As I sit here writing this to you, I still often have difficulty letting go of this idea. I sat down to work a bit later than usual, and I felt guilty and annoyed that I was getting a “late” start to my day. And the first thing I wanted to work on today was this post. I smiled when I thought of it. I forgot for a moment that I am at the helm of my life, and I get to decide how much “time” I have in my day. This concept may seem a bit difficult to understand immediately, but believe me when I say to embody this mindset around time is freeing and liberating.
You’re no longer obligated or even confined by this construct of time but instead embracing the day-to-day and watching yourself reach success through action. As I said, I know our philosophical hats were on today. But maintaining this mindset frees your from the boundaries of time, allowing your most abundant and full destiny to unfold.
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Deepak Chopra on How to be Timeless
National Geographic: Albert Einsteins Theory on Time Relativity
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