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).

110 comments

Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Thanks for the Reminders :)

Nils Lunde

TY namaste

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Ta.

Dot A.
Dot A.4 years ago

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!!!

Marianna B M.

out of the 8 6 were the same

Gaby D.
Gaby D.4 years ago

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:-)

Parvez Zuberi
Parvez Zuberi4 years ago

thanks for a very interesting article

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

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)

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

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

Wes Giesbrecht
Past Member 4 years ago

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