It hit me today when I sat down to meditate and listened to an introduction by Deepak Chopra. I’ve been suffering from time sickness. He managed to put words into the feelings I experienced when I was stressing out the most before my burnout. He calls it time sickness, and this is how he describes it.
“We all experience time according to our psychological state. Modern life has taken our experience of time to an extreme. Time is throwing your mind and body out of balance.”
What Deepak calls time sickness would be considered an epidemic.
“It is the ultimate lifestyle disorder because under the pressure and stress of racing against the clock life isn’t lived. We become robotically trained to measure every day by what we achieved or didn’t. The chores left undone, the relationships that we didn’t have time for. The exercise we put off. And so on. This is what it means to suffer from time sickness. Time sickness can be cured because it was borne in our own experience of time. We can change that experience anytime we want” – and Lord do I want to!
How do you know if you relate to time in a dysfunctional way?
Consider the following symptoms:
- Feeling that there is never enough time in the day
- Constantly looking at the clock and racing against it
- Feeling the frustration and failure of not accomplishing what you want to
- Dreading the passage of time because it sucks energy and youth
Simply telling someone to stop doesn’t work. Trust me I know, I didn’t even listen to myself. The answear is; an inner shift of awareness.
” We don’t need a better time management we need a new state of mind.” Deepak Chopra
Deepak also said:
” Recognizing the time spent in enjoyment, and also the moment that causes anxiety, is a path to realizing your true calling”
This made me very happy! All my anxiety throughout the last 2,5 years will guide me towards my true calling and that’s what I’m dying to discover! My burnout, and all the problems that it caused me and my loved ones, will all be worth the while. Imagine finding your true calling. ?
Another wise man, and a favorite of Märta’s, is Eckhart Tolle and he said:
” If you are living in the moment consciously experiencing only what is happening now there is no disruption”.
I wanted to pass this message over to you, because it hit me so hard when I heard it. I needed to hear it and I must continue to change my way of living. I often fall back into unhealthy patterns of stress and chasing accomplishments. Imagine the relief of not having those burdens on your shoulders and to put the same amount of energy on enjoying life instead – just as it is!
This is the essence of an awakened life.