We Have Only NOW

“What time is it?” “Now.” “Where are you?” “Here.” Adapted from the Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

Time is an illusion created by human beings since the beginning of time. Wait a minute, (or an hour, or a lifetime). Did you just read what you thought you read? Yes, time is an illusion, a very good illusion, but an illusion nonetheless that human beings made up.

Yet, despite this unreality, people of all cultures and all ages believe that time is absolute and measurable, and have we ever measured it. From the Egyptian T-square to the Babylonian sundial, from the water clock to the hourglass, from the moon to the modern day watch, human beings have been transfixed and mesmerized by the passage of time and obsessed with measuring it, perceiving it and experiencing or escaping it. Yet, for all the “accuracy” of a chronometer, we still need an extra day in the western Gregorian calendar every four years to account for the “extra time” and the lunar calendar requires a 13th intercalary month every two to three years to “keep in time” with the naturally occurring seasons.

“Time flies.” “Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy.” ~Doménico Cieri Estrada

We believe that time is a reality, the minutes are real, that an eight-hour work day is long (or short for those who work a lot). Yet, even in our language, we can begin to feel the malleability, the fluidity, of time. “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  “Time stands still” (when you look into the eyes of your beloved, when you hold your newborn in your arms for the first time). We speak of time or ourselves in time going in “slow-motion” (when we’re about to crash into another car, when we’re making the winning basketball layup). Zall’s Second Law states “How long a minute is, depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.”

Unlike Newton who claimed that time is absolute, Einstein has scientifically demonstrated in his theory of relativity that time is relative–that past, future, present all exist simultaneously. We can and have shown this with space travel where one person traveling in a very fast space ship near the speed of light experiences a few minutes or a few hours where another person on Earth experiences that same amount of time as days or weeks.

So why am I taking the time to write about time?

Similar to money and space (the distance between two points), time is relative and infinite. Some may immediately protest, “We only have a limited time between birth and death”. Yet, we don’t need a rocket ship to play with the “amount of time” we have. When we enter into the present, we can experience a timeless quality of infinity, eternity. We have all had these time-less experiences, when we’re playing an instrument, when we’re painting, when we’re playing our favorite sport, when we’re engaging in the flow of our most-loved activities–when time disappears & 3 hours, 7 hours, a day can feel like minutes.

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” ~Henry Van Dyke

So instead of being in the mode of time-scarcity, we have an opportunity to experience the eternity of now. How? By participating fully in this present moment. The past is a set of memories that only exist in our mind in the present. The future is only a hope or a dream, a mental construct of the present, and we can only experience the “future” when it becomes the present.  We can expand time, lengthen time and be free of time when we are fully here, now, when we are being present. Feel free to read my last blog post below to discover more about how to be present through meditation  https://possibilitiesunlimited.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/stillness-in-the-eye-of-the-storm/.

Much love, Jodi

“God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. The present is the only time there is.” ~Marianne Williamson

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Spiritual Puttering

“We must see that consciousness is neither an isolated soul nor the mere function of a single nervous system, but of that totality of interrelated stars and galaxies which makes a nervous system possible.”
Alan Watts (1915 – 1973)

One of my favorite things in the world is puttering in my little home — laundry, sweeping, organizing, laundry, sweeping, organizing, meditating, writing, eating, meditating, writing, eating. I get into a flow that feels nourishing to my very soul, following the river of movement, attraction and impulse. Just as the body is the shelter for the soul, so the home is the shelter for the body. The putterings I do in my home feel meditative, calming and inspired. There’s no hard-and-fast rule of where I go next, what I do next, the order of the tasks. I listen to the calling of my heart. I listen to the calling of my home.

“You have begun to hearken to that call, but for most people it is an unnoticed voice in the innermost recesses of their hearts.” ~ Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani, Book: In the Mystic Footsteps of Saints

My spiritual experiences seem to mimic these movements. I follow the energy of my spirit. Is meditation calling me in this moment? Is reading the works of spiritual teachers calling to me in this moment? Is writing from Source calling to me in this moment? When I pause for just a moment and listen, I can hear the yearnings of my heart, the longings of my soul and when I follow this river, it leads to pure delight, alignment, resonance.

“When many voices are speaking at once, listen to the one most quiet and gentle. That’s the one worth listening to. ~ Miranda Linda Weisz

Imagine a world where everyone flowed in their own soul’s river, where everyone listened to their heart, where everyone followed their bliss. It would be a peaceful, joyful place with everyone’s hearts being filled up and cared for in a powerful and transformative way. Let’s co-create that world together, shall we?  Much love, Jodi

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~Rumi

Happiness NOW #4/7

Hello everyone!!! 🙂

Last issue of Happiness NOW, I asked everyone to participate
in a game and begin to answer 3 questions:
1)  Who AM I?
2)  What do I want?
3)  What do I want to contribute to the world?
I have a powerful request:  If you or anyone you know is interested in getting closer to those answers, email me
or have them email me.  I am offering a 20-minute free coaching session
to see whether we might be a good fit at working together to answer these questions.
Also, what other questions and things are you grappling with?
BALANCE with work and life?  Time management?
Finding a recession-proof career you really like?
Email me these questions & they may show
up in future e-zines and blogs.  🙂
Thanks & happy reading!

Happiness NOW

by Jodi L. Hyde, Happiness Coach

7 keys to be happy 

We would all love to discover our purpose in life and be happy.  It is the ultimate goal, the ultimate state of being, what everyone is trying to achieve through actions, experiences, things, & people.  I would like to share just a few tidbits of what I have learned thus far in my journey.  The next 4 issues will continue to look at each one of the following 7 keys to be happy in turn.  Be in the current state, in the NOW.  Each key can be used in meditation, contemplation, and action to unlock the door to happiness.
1.  Be present.
2.  Be love.
3.  Be service.
4.  Be abundance.
5.  Be gratitude.
6.  Be peace.
7.  Be authentic.
Be abundance.
  • Instead of worrying there is not enough time or not enough money or not enough energy or not enough love or that you are not enough, be abundance in all ways.
  • Everyone has 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, 52 weeks in a year.  Really though, we have this moment & this moment & this moment (see key #1).  How are you choosing to live this moment?  Being present to your child or your friend or your sister or your significant other?  Connecting meaningfully with your loved ones?  Honoring yourself & your health & your well being?  Appreciating the abundance of this moment?
  • When you love someone with a look, a word, a hug, a smile, a kind deed, you open up the space for love to exponentially grow (see key #2).  Love grows love & an abundance of love can be present in any person’s life.
Stay tuned for the next key to be happy.  Please feel free to comment on my blog  3 things you got from this ezine.  🙂
namaste (the light in me HONORS the light in you.)
Jodi L. Hyde, Happiness Coach
(my website)
(my blog)

Happiness NOW

by Jodi L. Hyde, Happiness Coach

 

7 keys to be happy 🙂

Everyone is just looking for ways to be happy. It is the ultimate goal, the ultimate state of being, what everyone is trying to achieve through actions, experiences, things, & people. I would like to share just a few tidbits of what I have learned thus far in my journey. The next 7 issues will take a look at each one of the following 7 keys to be happy in turn. Each key can be used in meditation, contemplation, and action to unlock the door to happiness.

1. Be present.

2. Be love.

3. Be service.

4. Be abundance.

5. Be gratitude.

6. Be peace.

7. Be authentic.

Be present. Instead of thinking about where you want to be, or where you want to go, or what you want to do, instead of thinking about what might happen or what has happened, instead of thinking about your fears or your wishes or your regrets or your goals, instead of thinking period, be present in the here and now.

Feel what your body is feeling now. hear what your ears are hearing now. see what your eyes are seeing now. smell what your nose is smelling now. be present to all the wonder that is now in this very moment.

Begin to become present to the amazing being who YOU are now. Feel in your body your lovely essence now. Connect in your body to your heart center now. Sense all that you bring to this amazing planet now. Intuit what YOU offer now. Love who YOU are now.

Stay tuned for the next key to be happy. Please feel free to share this (in its whole state with my reference) with friends, acquaintances and anyone who is seeking happiness. namaste (the light in me HONORS the light in you.), Jodi L. Hyde, Happiness Coach, jodilhyde@possibilitiesunltd.biz