Monday, August 22, 2011

how to slow time

"Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one.  And this, this the only way to slow time: When I fully enter time's swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention, I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here. I can slow the torrent by being all here."
 
"Giving thanks for one thousand things is ultimately an invitation to slow time down with the weight of full attention."


Maybe your days are slow and relaxing.  But in my neck of the woods, even with just the two of us, all of our moments seem to whirl by at the speed of sound. I have blurred the moments into one unholy smear.  I do it, still do it.  The seconds on the clock keep ticking.

But I hunger for something different.  For more fulfillment in these moments. I don't need more time, but enough time.  To take the moments I have been given and see that the wonder is here.  The beauty of God is here, in these moments of making lunches, and drives to work, and little tubes and research.

When I open my eyes and notice, and give full attention, I see the gifts.  I see the glory; I open wide and receive. 

reasons to celebrate
a year of work and a job I enjoy
football games on tv
the promise of fall
etsy sales
customers
new dawns and new days
a comfy bed
a good nights rest.

my list is growing, my heart is changing
and time is slowing

3 comments:

  1. My heart is full. Loving this so much!

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  2. some days i feel as if time is literally slipping away from beneath my feet, but yes, to pause and enjoy the wonder is a great way to slow time. Life is a gift!

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  3. I wrote a song a while back called Time Machine just about that sort of stuff - time flying by and wanting to slow it down.

    Right now I feel really conflicted about that - I want time to fly because I don't feel good, but at the same time I don't want to miss these precious months of being pregnant!

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