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The Misuse of Time

The Misuse of Time

As one spiritual teacher said, “The wholeness of creation is needed to bring about the present moment.”If you take this to heart, your attention will shift. Right now every situation you are in is a mixture of past, present, and future. But the now can’t be a mixture of old and new. It must be clear and open; otherwise, there is no unfolding of yourself, which is the reason time exists.

Here are eight common ways to misuse time:

1. Being anxious about the future.
2. Reliving the past.
3. Regretting old mistakes.
4. Reliving yesterday.
5. Anticipating tomorrow.
6. Racing against the clock.
7. Brooding over impermanence.
8. Resisting change.

When you misuse the time, the problem isn’t at the level of time itself. Nothing has gone wrong with the clocks in the house of someone who loses five hours’ sleep worrying about the possibility of dying from cancer. The misuse of time is only a symptom for misplaced attention. You can’t have a relationship with someone you don’t pay attention to, and in your relationship to the universe, attention is paid here and now, or not at all. In fact, there is no universe except the one you perceive right now. So to relate to the universe, you must focus on what lies in front of you. As one spiritual teacher said, “The wholeness of creation is needed to bring about the present moment.”

If you take this to heart, your attention will shift. Right now every situation you are in is a mixture of past, present, and future. But the now can’t be a mixture of old and new. It must be clear and open; otherwise, there is no unfolding of yourself, which is the reason time exists.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2004).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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11:04PM PST on Mar 4, 2014

Thanks for the Reminders :)

4:59AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

TY namaste

10:25PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Ta.

3:55PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Good reminders~

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A cherished friend said something to me that has changed my emotional reaction to being time conscious:

He said:

You have eternity ot accomplish your goals.

* Well, since that was spoken to me, I have a calmer approach to everything. I really do believe in the NOW, anyway, so, this is a wonderful way to let things happen in the now, without putting undue stress on myself or anyone else. This world is suffering from too much stress. It can erode our good intensions when we are constantly feeling pressure to get so much done!!!

6:08AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

out of the 8 6 were the same

12:33AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Goodday Deepak and all, A year later and I at least I've managed to read the Book of Secrets by now. But time does indeed fly.....and again I read this article.....my previous response still stands...perhaps that's the proof of the pudding' that all is same same in the 'now'.
Have a wonderful day today - may time be on your side:-)

11:57PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

thanks for a very interesting article

11:03PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

No 8 reads : Resisting change
No 9 could be : "Planning and pressing for change"
(that's eg signing petitions, or trying to bring positive change to my life)

6:36PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Atocha, and C.M.P, brought up the first thing that came to mind when I read this!

5:26PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

We're not nearly anxious enough about the future;
and that will be our undoing as a species.

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