time management

The Energy of Time

The Energy of Time

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.’”—Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher and author of the Tao De Ching

In saying time is a created thing, Lao Tzu is referring to metaphysical reality—a state of being where there is no time. Everything is unlimited and possible. Metaphysical reality is about dreams, visions, intentions, and goals. But for these to happen, we must ground them in our physical reality or else we are “metafizzling,” as the great psychologist and coach Maria Nemeth says. This means using the energy of time to manifest our dreams.

Finding Time for Meditation

Finding Time for Meditation

Unity minister Michael Maday tells the story of a Zen master who said to his large monastery one day that he had a number of tasks to complete. Said the monk, “I have so much to do, I’ll have to meditate an extra half-hour today.”

The moral of the story is that the busier we are, the more we need to “center” in our true nature. When we are centered, we are at our most effective. We gravitate to this center through meditation, which stills the mind, enlivens the body, and opens the heart.

Spirituality and Stress

Spirituality and Stress

A spiritual approach to living does not make you immune to stress. However, choosing to practice spiritual awareness can shorten the time in which you experience seeming moments of pressure or tension.  As author Thomas Moore powerfully reminds us, “It is by submerging yourself into the experiences of life, work, marriage and family that you truly engage in spiritual practice.”

The key word is practice. Spiritual practice is a repetitive, habitual expression you consciously engage in every day. Furthermore, there isn’t a right or wrong way of “practicing”; your soul will guide you into experiences that are in alignment with your need to grow and evolve.