Mindfulness Gives you Time

Time gives you choices. Choices skillfully made, lead to freedom. You don’t have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity.

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the founding abbot of the Bhavana Society. Born in rural Sri Lanka, he has been a monk since age 12 and took full ordination at age 20 in 1947. He came to the United States in 1968. He is the author of the book Mindfulness in Plain English. Bhante Gunaratana is currently the abbot of the Bhavana Society, a monastery and meditation retreat center that he founded in High View, West Virginia. Why am I sharing this with you? I’m sharing it with you because Bhante is the mastermind behind the opening philosophical quote of this blog post, and the mastermind behind this concept of time and mindfulness. And I think he is a genius.

We as humans are accustomed to thinking that everything worthwhile is in the future but this is a trick the mind plays on all of us. The truth is that at this present moment you have everything you need in order to be happy and at peace. Getting stuck in the past and future only feeds the ideas that, “I’ll be happy when,” “I’ll get there someday,” “If only I could get or be this, then I’ll be able to enjoy life.” When really, if we are mindful of the present moment and acknowledge that time is an illusion then we can free ourselves from the constraints of time and what ifs.

Time is not measured by clocks, but by moments, present moments. Albert Einstein once said, “The only reason for time is so that everything does not happen at once.”  Our brain can only take care of one thing at a time. Focusing on one thing at a time and giving it your full attention is time well spent. Losing focus means losing control. Being out of control is a waste of time.

“When you change the way you look at things…The things you look at change.”

This post may take some time to digest, but I think it is worth pondering. 🙂


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