Hello dear friends. Something I hear a lot from friends and people around me is how fast time seems to fly by. Maybe you had some plans for this season, people to see and places to go. But somehow we feel caught up in everyday life and days and weeks are passing so quickly and it feels hard to catch up.
Or maybe you are here on holiday. When you booked your vacation you were looking forward to having a big break and lots of free time to relax and enjoy the beach life. And suddenly it’s your last day here and there’s no more time to go on that excursion you were thinking about or to eat dinner in that nice restaurant or to go do that last round of shopping. It’s time to pack the bags and say goodbye.
‘I wish that there was more time’ is what we hear others and ourselves say a lot. And we end up cancelling appointments or apologizing for running late because ‘ we are so busy’ more often than we would like. But what if I told you that there actually is a way to bend and slow down time? That there is a way to go through the days more intentionally rather than coincidently? How?
We Always Have a Choice
The answer lies in our awareness. When we become more aware of our environment, of the here and now, we start to feel less rushed and more present. We always have a choice. We can let the events lead us, or we can lead ourselves. The secret is so simple that we simply forget. Bring all of your senses into the experience and you will notice how moments no longer swift by like distance birds in the sky, but actually sink in and become more meaningful. For example, we can either gulp down our coffee on the go or while staring into our screens, or we can be aware of the smell and taste of its rich aroma and feel the warm cup in our hands before we take a sip and feel it warm us up on the inside.
We can put on our sunglasses on the way outside, without even noticing the sunlight. Or we can hold our face into the light for a second or two, feeling the warm bright rays kiss our skin and feeling grateful for the sun for.. well, keeping us alive. These are just small examples but you get the idea. The point is to block out that endless stream of random noise and insignificant information that is surrounding us all of the time, even if only for a moment, and to zoom in on the very present. Which, after all, is all we ever have.
Live is lived in the extra heartbeats we hold as time unfolds, Brandon Burchard states in his phenomenal book The Motivation Manifesto. He calls this ‘Two Beats Longer’. Do not breathe so quickly. Take in air for two beats longer, he suggests. Do not merely glance at him or her. Look into his or her eyes and hold them for two beats longer. What you will discover then is our power to turn seemingly random moments into special ones. This is how we all can weave more magic into our everyday life, creating moments and experiences that become memorable and valuable and stay in our hearts forever, long after time has passed.
Katharina Lundgreen-Bayar lives in Alanya with her husband Bülent and son Ilyas. She’s a writer and for Hello Alanya she shares her thoughts and tells about what is keeping her busy in her daily life.
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