Can’t wait to read this book by Lama Surya Das: Buddha Standard Time. About this over-busy rushed rushed world and how to cope, make more of it (although I’ve mercifully learned a thing or two about this in the last years, I’m always happy to know more). Here are the first few pages.
He says: “Actually, it’s not time we lack; it’s focus, awareness and a sense of priorities. We must change the space of the pace — wake ourselves up by shifting to another way of being. We have all the time in the world. It’s up to us to choose how to use it.”
More: Does it deserve my time?
A simple question, but asking it will help you convert time wasted into time well spent. Why don’t we save and invest time as carefully as we do money, since it’s far more valuable and irreplaceable? Instead we often let time slip away. We squander, waste and kill it. We would all do well to consider the balance between our actual needs and mere greed and indulgence. How often do we say yes to something we don’t mean? Say yes to yourself instead, by gently saying no to unreasonable demands and expectations.
Time is what we make of it. Our time is our own. Does watching TV or surfing the net for hours on end really make us happier or better people? We live in the over-information age, but knowing the world and others is mere knowledge; knowing oneself is wisdom. Let’s look and inquire deeper.
Take the Time to Make the Time
I find that I can have all the time in the world if and when I focus and pay attention to what is most important and actually needs to be done, and maintain heightened present awareness in the course of what the Buddhists call right work. So when people ask me, I generally advise them to take time to make time for their best selves and their genuine values and priorities. Intention is everything: intend to attend. Be where you are and not where you ain’t — dwelling on the past and future.
Time is an excellent servant but a poor master; you have to take time to make time, by intentionally creating some space in the pace. It’s now or never, as always. Who can afford to wait? Better to wake up to our lives, by thoroughly and uninhibitedly engaging in what we’re doing right now, mindful of our words, thoughts and deeds.
Living intentionally with conscious awareness can be hard, but it’s a good hard, although reverting to habit is so much easier. It’s helpful to practice remembering to remember, to recall what you’re doing while you are actually doing it. Take a breath break to fresh your present awareness, come back home to the present moment and start again — awake, lucid, focused, calm and energized.
Using these nowness-awareness techniques has helped me to awaken and find myself in the sacred zone of Buddha Standard Time, the holy now, more and more each day. They can help you too, right now. Who can afford to wait?