The Meditation Benefit of Saving Time

The meditation benefit of saving time, how important is it? According to the “Yoga Vasistha,” one of the great books of the Vedic wisdom traditions, “Time is the consumer and we are its food. We are time’s food,” and “The inexorable passage of invisible and intangible time eats up all creatures. Knowing this, the wise keep their attention on the timeless;” so, the wisdom imparted here, would answer our question with a resounding, ‘very important.’

The Meditation Benefit of Saving Time

The Meditation Benefit of Saving Time

ᅠ“Among all the substances we misuse and abuse, the greatest is time. Time is life; we squander it at our peril. Killing time deadens ourselves,” begins Lama Sura Das in his article, “6 Time Management Tips from the Buddha.” The funny thing about time is that it has no absolute reality; in fact it was Einstein that taught us that it was relative. ᅠ

Alan Watts once used an hourglass as a metaphor in describing time, saying the way we view time is as if the big bulb at one end of the hourglass represented the past, and the big bulb at the other represented the future, with the narrow neck in between being the present. But when our perception of time changes we discover that, “…we have, in fact, an enormous present in which we live and that the purely abstract borders of this present are the past and the future.” ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ

Because time is a creation of thought, you move beyond time when you move passed thinking into the now, with your attention fully in this moment. How do you do that? Well, enter Lama Sura Das…

“Does anyone have time today? I do! During the 40 years I’ve spent studying and teaching Buddhism, and in the process of writing my new book, “Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now,” I’ve learned how to find, make, and keep time.

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.

Create Some Space in the Pace

Re-mindfulness — remembering to remember, being mindful, returning to the moment, not living in the past or future — is the core of the Buddha’s path to awakening and enlightenment. This doesn’t mean being narcissistic or regressing to a teenager’s self-conscious whine of “What about me?” But rather recollecting ourselves and staying constantly aware of what we’re really doing right this minute.

Time-sickness is rampant today. People say they want to slow down and live more naturally and in a healthy and sane manner, but who knows how to actually do so, has time-medicine available, and is also ready, willing, and able? “Buddha Standard Time” offers a potent dose of tools and techniques, tips and pointers to heal this affliction. Awareness is the essential ingredient in this great journey, delivering to us the bigger picture as well as minute details along the way.

Catch Yourself Before Things Catch You

Annie Dillard wrote, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” The choice is yours. You can learn to catch yourself before things catch and entangle you. Try to apply remindfulness — intentional and nonjudgmental consideration — to everything you do, say, and think, before you blindly react.

In other words, pause and consider. Do you really want to play another game of Angry Birds, or would you rather giggle with your children for five minutes? Watch a rerun of a television program that wasn’t that great the first time, or spend half an hour meditating? Bury your head in the Internet, or put it on the pillow and get a good night’s sleep? With a mere moment of lucid attention we can increase the quality of each minute, each hour, and ultimately our lives.

Conscious Reframing

Sometimes it only takes a simple re-framing of our mental outlook to change our lives. I remember discovering that I could consciously and intentionally turn the interruptive chore of walking the dog twice a day into my time, and it became the best hour of my day. My loyal blond canine companion, Lili, taught me to re-frame dog walking as meditation. I could be with nature; befriend the world, my neighbors, and myself; develop a more inclusive attitude; and even get a little exercise. All it required was a small adjustment in consciousness and perspective. I call this conscious re-framing. It’s easy, free and extraordinarily rewarding.

Mindful Anger Management

Learn to utilize what I call a “wedge of awareness.” Impose your consciousness between thoughts, words, and actions — outer stimuli — and your inner reaction. If someone cuts you off in traffic, consciously stop and let it go; don’t cling to rage as you drive and allow someone else’s action to steal your time. This simple practice of equanimous detachment — it’s like returning to the breath again, again and yet again in meditation — can be extremely helpful because it liberates us from regret, anger and guilt and ultimately frees our time. It is the heart of what I call mindful anger management and can be applied to emotional processing of any kind…”

“…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…”

As he continues in this post Lama Sura Das offers more wisdom and other ‘time management tips from the Buddha,’ such as, “mindful anger management,” to help us ‘find the time’ to connect with ourselves.

Meditation teaches is how to enter into the space where we can put our “attention on the timeless,” and learn how to be present. So that is the meditation benefit of saving time; saving our lives by keeping our attention on the place outside of time and space, the Divine.ᅠClick here to visit the original source of this post

The Meditation Benefit of Living Life in Buddha Standard Time

All too often we feel controlled by our blackberry’s, appointment books and to do lists, leaving us too tired and haggard to do the things we really want to do, like spending time with loved ones, doing our yoga or enjoying the benefits of meditation.

The Meditation Benefit of Living Life in Buddha Standard Time

The Meditation Benefit of Living Life in Buddha Standard Time

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Here’s the secret, you don’t need to be a monk or even be retired, in order to create the time to meditate. You can awaken to presence and practice mindfulness even while occupied in the most mundane of activities.

Lama Surya Das, in this article address and offers solutions to this common complaint of “how do I create spiritual space for myself?” ᅠᅠ

“Tuning into the present, the moment, is curative, a natural medicine. It heals us because it allows us to connect to the holy now — the sacred within mundane, conventional time.
Rest is sacred. This is not a new concept. The spiritual culture of India has long understood that faster is not necessarily better; we need meaningful time to accomplish our best self’s aims and purposes. Tibetan Buddhism’s esoteric Diamond Path reveals that right now is the perfect time, right here is the perfect place, our presence is sublime, it is the perfectly appropriate teaching lesson and each of us is the ideal person to be where we are right now. (Perhaps this last perfection is the hardest to swallow because of the critical way we habitually see ourselves.) These are called the Five Diamond Perfections, a marvelous system of elevating how we view the world and all things in it, which can ultimately reveal the innate light of divinity, the Buddhaness or Buddha nature, in everyone and everything.

Once taking a breath break has become a part of your day, try a more advanced practice of inquiry and reflection by asking: Why do I feel that I must do what I’m doing right now? And whom am I doing it for? If you’re overwhelmed, look for the wiggle room. What can you do to make things manageable — the project, the to-do list or the obligation — to avoid being overwhelmed? It sounds basic, but this is a life-saving practice because it greatly helps reduce the stress and tension that both wears our physical organism and enervates our energies, which is our life force and vitality.

Personally, I find it extremely helpful to focus on trying to do less and be more. This lets me leverage my time, energy and resources more effectively, while emphasizing meaningful time and activities that matter. We can learn mindful time management through breath breaks and reflection, by returning our awareness to the present moment — one moment at a time — and catching ourselves before the busyness of our lives overwhelms and entangles us, since this so often leads to unnecessary stress and even victimization. This nowness-awareness is living in Buddha Standard Time.”

Become the master of yourself and your life, rather than a victim of obligations and conditions, by cultivating this process of awakening to the present and practicing it again and again. Carry on with this practice until it naturally and spontaneously starts to carry you. This is spiritual practice with benefits.

There is a meditator’s lesson I first encountered as a young child playing hide-and-seek, and later as a three sport athlete: The more still and focused I become — in body and mind — the more clearly I am able to see. And as I see things clearly, more and more things become clear to me. This is a manifestation of self-mastery and harmonious oneness through heightened awareness.

So what’s the most important thing? To remember to catch yourself before things catch you; to take care by staying aware; and to live free in your own time. Breath breaks, reflection and seeing clearly are means of nowness-awareness, the ultimate therapy, freeing us from preoccupations with past and future concerns and healing our psychological conditioning and self judgment and limitations. Nirvana isn’t an esoteric concept; it is right here and now, in this very moment. Living in the present helps us to be there while getting there during every moment of each day. This is life in Buddha Standard Time.

The benefit of meditation comes in being present, whether we are watching the breath or chanting a mantra, eating mindfully or walking mindfully, all of which are ways of awakening us from our distracted mind into being fully present.

Remember, it’s always your choice, you have the right to use your time as you see fit. And even though we all create ‘obligations’ for ourselves when it comes to work, family and friends, its knowing that it’s ok to take a half an hour for ourselves is a wonderful meditation benefit. Click here to visit the original source of this post