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Conquering time


 
A friend in Program says:

We sometimes think we don't have enough money, or enough love in our lives. But the only thing that there is not an inexhaustible supply of is time. We do recognize this. If we are very busy, we sometimes attempt to control time by attending classes on or reading books about time management. There is something amusing about the notion that we can manage time. For example, when we first start to meditate, it seems simplicity itself to set aside (say) five minutes to do it, and yet we find that that five minutes can be interminable -- that we fidget and move around and wonder how five minutes can possibly endure for such an incredible time.

This is the point at which a commitment to stick with it -- five minutes a day for (say) thirty days -- can mean the difference between a life lived in peace and calm on the one hand, and a half-life based on repeatedly and vainly re-working Steps 4 through 9 on the other. For -- if we stick at our five minutes a day -- we find very quickly that the five minutes start to fly by. And as we increase the period of time we meditate, we find the same thing. We can do what appears to other people to be "nothing" for long periods. And we feel much better for doing it too. We have begun to conquer time.

"The spiritual life is never one of achievement:
it is always one of letting go."

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